Analysis of Skeletal Remains Confirms King Sverris Saga

King Sverre's Castle Sverresborg

The castle as it appeared when King Sverre ruled. (Photo: Sverresborg Trøndelag Folk Museum)

On 17 November, in a well in the King Sverre Sigurdsson’s caste (Norwegian: Sverresborg) in Trondheim it was found a skeleton which according to Sverris Saga is a Bagler from 1197 AD. Analysis of the skeleton proves that the saga tells the truth.

The Sverresborg castle, also named Zion after King David’s castle in Jerusalem, was built about 1182-83 AD on a plateau in the medieval city of Nidaros by Sverre Sigurdsson (Old Norse: Sverrir Sigurðarson, c. 1145 – 1202). Sverre was King of Norway from about 1184 to 1202 and considered one of the most important rulers in Norwegian history.

He assumed power as the leader of the Birkebeiner rebel party in 1177 during their fight against King Magnus Erlingsson. After Magnus was killed at the Battle of Fimreite in 1184, Sverre became the sole…

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2 thoughts on “Analysis of Skeletal Remains Confirms King Sverris Saga

  1. I wrote this, on the original post.
    ‘We know little of Norwegian history in the UK, other than how it affected our shores, in the form of conquest, and Viking raids. It is a nice change to read about events in Norway, during a later period.’
    Best wishes, Pete.

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