Olaf Magnusson of Norway
|Coin bearing Olaf's name. Last Norwegian monarch positively identified on a coin until Sverre.|
|King of Norway|
|Reign||1103 – 22 December 1115|
|Successor||Eystein I and Sigurd I|
|Father||Magnus III of Norway|
|Died||22 December 1115 (aged 17)
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.
|Ancestors of Olaf Magnusson of Norway|
Cadet branch of the Fairhair dynastyBorn: 1099 Died: 1115
|King of Norway
with Sigurd Jorsalfar
& Eystein Magnusson
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