Kristin Sigurdsdatter

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Kristin Sigurdsdatter
Born ca. 1125
Died ca. 1178
Spouse Erling Skakke
Issue Magnus Erlingsson
Old Norse Kristin Sigurðardóttir
House House of Hardrada
Father Sigurd I Magnusson
Mother Malmfred of Kiev

Kristin Sigurdsdatter (ca. 1125-1178) was a Norwegian princess and mother of King Magnus V of Norway.[1]

Kristin was a daughter of King Sigurd I of Norway and Malmfred of Kiev. She married Erling Skakke, a Norwegian nobleman who earned his reputation crusading with Rögnvald Kali Kolsson, the Earl of Orkney.[2] They had a son, Magnus Erlingsson, who ruled as king of Norway from 1161 to 1184.

Kristin was the only legitimate child of King Sigurd. In 1130, King Sigurd died with no legitimate sons and an illegitimate son, Magnus Sigurdsson, became king of Norway together with his uncle Harald Gille. Harald Gille had four sons, Inge, Eystein, Sigurd and Magnus Haraldsson, all of whom became kings of Norway. Following the death of Inge in 1161, Kristin's son Magnus Erlingsson was named king and crowned in 1163, at the age of eight.[3]