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Håkon II (Sigurdsson) Herdebrei
King of Norway
Reign 1157 – June 15, 1162
Born 1147
Died July 7, 1162
Place of death Romsdalen
Father Sigurd Munn
Mother Thora

Haakon II Sigurdsson (Herdebrei - Eng. "broad-shouldered"), king of Norway from 1157 until 1162.


An illegitimate son of Sigurd Munn, he succeeded his uncle Øystein II, and was killed by Erling Skakke at Sekken in Romsdalen on July 7 1162.

The Civil war era in Norway was period of Norwegian history lasting from 1130 to 1217. During this period there were several interlocked conflicts of varying scale and intensity. The background for these conflicts were the unclear Norwegian succession laws, social conditions and the struggle between Church and King. There were then two main parties, firstly known by varying names or no names at all, but finally condensed into parties of Bagler and Birkebeiner. The rallying point regularly was a royal son, who was set up as the head figure of the party in question, to oppose the rule of king from the contesting party.

Haakon Herdebrei
Cadet branch of the Fairhair dynasty
Born: 1147 Died: July 7 1162
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Inge Back-bent &
Eystein Haraldsson
King of Norway
with Inge Haraldsson (1157–1161)
Magnus Erlingsson (1161–1162)
Succeeded by
Magnus Erlingsson


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