Olaf Magnusson of Norway

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Olaf Magnusson
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Coin bearing Olaf's name. Last Norwegian monarch positively identified on a coin until Sverre.[1]
King of Norway
Reign 1103 – 22 December 1115
Predecessor Magnus III
Successor Eystein I and Sigurd I
Father Magnus III of Norway
Mother Sigrid Saxesdatter
Born 1099
Died 22 December 1115 (aged 17)
Nidaros
Burial Nidaros Cathedral
Religion Roman Catholicism

Olaf Magnusson (1099 – 22 December 1115) was king of Norway 1103–1115. He was the son of King Magnus Barefoot and Sigrid, daughter of Saxe of Vik.[2]

Olaf became king together with his half-brothers Sigurd Jorsalfar and Øystein Magnusson when his father Magnus Barefoot died in 1103. He was king of Norway for twelve years, but unlike his brothers he did not leave a lasting impression on the nation. Since he was still very young, his older brothers acted as regents for his part of the kingdom. In 1107, King Sigurd was to lead a Norwegian crusade in support of the newly established crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem, returning to Norway in 1111. During this period, King Øystein served as regent for his brother, using his energy and willpower to create a strong and stable country.

In 1115, Olaf fell ill and died when he was only 17 years old. He was succeeded by his co-ruler brothers. He was always counted as "Olaf IV" until 1957 (when Olav V became king, who otherwise would have been VI), and counting him was dropped from the official Norwegian list of monarchs.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olav Magnusson (1103-1115)". University of Oslo. 1995. 
  2. ^ Olaf Magnusson (Store norske leksikon)
  3. ^ "Olav 4 Håkonsson" (in Norwegian). Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 

Ancestry[edit]

Olaf Magnusson
Cadet branch of the Fairhair dynasty
Born: 1099 Died: 1115
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Magnus Barefoot
King of Norway
1103–1115
with Sigurd Jorsalfar
Eystein Magnusson
Succeeded by
Sigurd Jorsalfar
& Eystein Magnusson