Bridget Haraldsdotter

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Bridget Haraldsdotter
Queen consort of Sweden
Bornc. 1131
Diedc. 1208
FatherHarald IV Gille of Norway
ReligionRoman Catholic
Riseberga Abbey, the burial ground of queen Bridget.

Bridget Haraldsdotter, also Brigida (Swedish: Birgitta Haraldsdotter) (c. 1131 – c. 1208) was Queen of Sweden as the spouse of King Magnus II.

Brigida Haraldsdotter was the illegitimate daughter of King Harald IV of Norway. Her mother is unknown, but she was possibly Tora Guttormsdotter, long-term lover of her father and the mother of King Sigurd II of Norway. Her Irish first name was the same as that of her father's Irish mother, Brigida O'Brien (d. 1138). According to legend, she was first married to King Inge the Younger, but this is not considered possible; likely, her first marriage was to the Swedish Earl Karl Sunesson. She was married to Magnus Henriksen, son of her stepmother Ingrid Ragnvaldsdotter and Ingrid's first husband, Henrik Skadelår. Her spouse claimed the Swedish throne through his mother in 1160–61. After his death in 1161, she remarried the Swedish jarl Birger Brosa of Bjelbo. The daughter she had during her marriage to Brosa, Ingegerd Birgersdotter of Bjelbo, was to be Queen of Sweden in 1200.

In 1174, the Norwegian throne claimant Øystein Møyla, who claimed to be her nephew, asked for the support of her and her husband, which they also granted. In 1176, the Norwegian throne claimant Sverre of Norway did the very same thing. He was turned away at first, but in 1177, they advised the Birkebeiner to acknowledge Sverre as their King and gave him the support of them and of the Swedish King. Bridget's son Filippus would also join Sverre's service. Brosa died in 1202. In 1205, a conflict broke out between her daughter Queen Ingegerd and the Bjelbo family.

The dates of her birth and death are not known, though her daughter's birth year is set at c. 1180. The dates c. 1131–1208 have been suggested. After the death of her second spouse in 1202, she retired to the Riseberga Nunnery in Närke, where she died and was buried. [1]



  1. ^ [1] Brigida Haraldsdatter (Store norske leksikon)


  • Lars O. Lagerqvist, "Sverige och dess regenter under 1.000 år", (1976) Swedish
  • Åke Ohlmarks: Alla Sveriges drottningar (All the queens of Sweden) Swedish
Bridget Haraldsdotter
 Died: after 1180
Swedish royalty
Preceded by Queen consort of Sweden
Succeeded by