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Bjälbo is located in Östergötland
Coordinates: 58°22′19.49″N 15°0′26.35″E / 58.3720806°N 15.0073194°E / 58.3720806; 15.0073194Coordinates: 58°22′19.49″N 15°0′26.35″E / 58.3720806°N 15.0073194°E / 58.3720806; 15.0073194
 • Land25 ha (62 acres)
 • Total65
 • Density257/km2 (670/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
590 21
Area code(s)+46 142
The church tower in Bjälbo from the 12th Century.

Bjälbo is a small village in Mjölby Municipality, Östergötland, Sweden.

The medieval House of Bjelbo had a church and a manor house at Bjälbo. King Magnus Minnesköld was probably born here, and in around 1210 his son Birger Magnusson.[2][3][4]

Today the church tower is preserved. The church was probably built in the first half of the twelfth century, reflecting new techniques brought by Cistercian monks from France in 1143. The surviving tower was probably added around 1220. Both structures are thought to have been projects of Ingrid Ylva, mother of Birger Jarl.[5]

In 1173, King (or pretender) Kol Sverkerson was killed in a battle at Bjälbo.[6]

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  1. ^ "Area, population and density in smaller localities 2005 and 2010" (XLS). Statistics Sweden. Retrieved 2014-02-11.
  2. ^ Line, Philip (2006). "Families and their landholdings A.1.8. Magnus Minnesköld and his descendants". Kingship and State Formation in Sweden: 1130 - 1290. Leiden ; Boston: BRILL. p. 513. ISBN 9789004155787. LCCN 2006048723. Retrieved 2014-02-14.
  3. ^ Johansson, Ulf; Neppenström, Mona; Sandell, Kaj (2014) [1995]. "Eastern Götaland". DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Sweden. Kate Lambert & Stuard Tudball, English translation. DK Publishing. p. 149. Retrieved 2014-02-11. Bjälbo is said to be the birthplace of the founder of Stockholm, Birger Jarl.
  4. ^ Bergsten, Magnus (ed.). Birger Jarl - Jarlen som byggde riket [Birger Jarl, the duke who built the realm]. Kungar och drottningar i Sverige (in Swedish). Populär Historia. Archived from the original on 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2014-02-11.
  5. ^ "Bjälbo kyrka" [Bjälbo church]. Välkommen till Mjölby (in Swedish). Retrieved 2014-02-11.
  6. ^ Liljegren, Bengt (2004). Rulers of Sweden. Historiska Media. p. 34. ISBN 9185057630. Retrieved 2014-02-11. Kol was killed in a battle at Bjalbo in Ostergotland in 1173 digitized July 9, 2008