Godfrid Haraldsson, Prince of Denmark (c.830 - c.885) MP

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Nicknames: "Gottfried Eriksson", "Gotfried", "Gotfred", "Gottfried", "Haraldsson", "Haithabu", "Godfrey", "Godefrid King of Haithabu & Rustringen", "Halfdansson", "King of Haithhabu", "Godefrid", ""the Dane""
Death: Died in Flandern
Occupation: Greve av Friesland
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About Godfrid Haraldsson, Prince of Denmark

Godfrid Haraldsson (c 820 - c 856), Danish prince

Basics:

  • Father: Harald Klak

Details

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godfrid_Haraldsson

Godfrid Haraldsson (c. 820 - c. 856) was the son of the Danish king Harald Klak. In 826 he was baptized together with his parents in Mainz in the Frankish Empire, with crown prince Lothair standing as a godparent.

After his baptism, Godfrid stayed in Lothair's retinue, until they fell out sometime in the 840's, and Godfrid returned to Denmark. There he teamed up with Rorik, the son of his father's brother (his cousin). In 850 they united against Lothair and raided Dorestad. Rorik took possession of Frisia. Godfrid continued to plunder Flanders and Artois, and returned to Denmark for the winter. In 851 he was back, raiding in Frisia and around the Rhine, then sailed up the Scheldt to attack Ghent and the abbey of Drongen.

After another winter in Denmark, Godfred returned again in 853 to Francia. On October 9, 853 he sailed up the Seine. The fleet advanced beyond Rouen, as far as Pont-de-l'Arche, and encamped on an island near Les Andelys. Charles the Bald summoned his army as well as that of the Middle Kingdom of Lothar, Godfred's godfather. The two sides faced each other the whole winter, the Frankish land army lacking boats to attack the Vikings. The stalemate was resolved in the spring of 853 when Godfred sailed away, probably with a tribute.

In 855 Godfred and his cousin Rorik tried to gain power in Denmark after the death of king Horik I. The attempt failed, and they returned the same year, taking back Dorestad and a large part of the area of what is now The Netherlands. After this, the sources are silent about this Godfred. He probably died soon afterwards.

-------------------- Regnar Lodbrogs (formentlig) ældste søn Halfdan, der endte sine dage 877 efter kortvarigt at have været regent i York og måske også i Dublin, har som et nyt resultat af analysen en efterslægt: Her benyttes bl.a. navnet Sigfred/Sigfert/Siffert, og dem er der flere af. Den sidste (d. o.964) er formentlig en hidtidig outsider Sifred de Guines også kaldet den Danske, som herved knyttes til sin normanniske oprindelse. På vejen – dvs. i 880’erne - optræder der (som nævnt i klosterårbøgerne) en Sigfred og en Godfred i Flandern/Friesland, og begge kan indpasses som sønner af Halfdan. Den sidste gifter sig 883 med Gisela, datter af den da afdøde frankiske kejser Lothar, og får datteren Ragnhild, som senere bliver moder til Matilda gift med Henrik Fuglefænger. Den første, altså Sigfred, bliver samme år (883) konge i Dublin, for da er det hans ”tur” efter ovennævnte successionsregler. Godfred bliver myrdet 885 i Flandern, og Sigfred dræbes 888 i Dublin, formentlig af sin fætter Sigtryg.


http://www.vikingekonger.dk/Vikingekonger%20HTML/Centrale%20dele/Prologen.htm

Descendents found here:

http://genealogiequebec.info/testphp/info.php?no=110384

Although that didn't seem very correct in terms of his own parentage -------------------- Greve av Friesland.

Hans hustru, Mathilde, døde etter 909.

Kilder:

Mogens Bugge: Våre forfedre, nr. 64. Bent og Vidar Billing Hansen: Rosensverdslektens forfedre, side 67.

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