Name: Estrid of the Obotrites
Name: Astrid (Inegrid) of Obotrites
Name: Ingrid of Sweden
Birth: ABT 979 in Sweden 1
Death: 1035 1
Occupation: Queen of Sweden
Occupation: Princess of The Obotrites
Religion: Christian 2
Estrid (or Astrid) of the Obotrites (ca. 979 - 1035), was a Medieval and V iking age Swedish Queen consort and West Slavic Princess, married to Ol of Skötkonung, the King of Sweden, ca. 1000-1022, mother of king Anund Jac ob of Sweden and the Russian Saint and Queen (Grand Princess) Ingegerd Olo fsdotter.
Legend says that Estrid was taken back to Sweden from a war in the West Sl avic area of Mecklenburg as a war-price. She was most likely given by h er father, a tribal chief of the Polabian Obotrites, as a peace offeri ng in a marriage to seal the peace, and she is thought to have brought wi th her a great dowry, as a great Slavic influence is represented in Swed en from her time, mainly among craftsmen.
Her husband also had a mistress, Edla, who came from the same area in Euro pe as herself, and who was possibly taken to Sweden at the same time. T he king treated Edla and Estrid the same way and gave his son and his t wo daughters with Edla the same privilegies as the children he had with Es trid, though it was Estrid he married and made Queen.
Queen Estrid was baptised with her husband, their children and large numbe rs of the Swedish royal court in 1008, when the Swedish royal family conve rted to Christianity, although the king promised to respect the freed om of religion - Sweden was not to be Christian until the last religious w ar between Inge the Elder and Blot-Sweyn of 1084-1088.
Snorre Sturlasson wrote about her, that Estrid was unkind to the childr en (Emund, Astrid and Holmfrid) of her husband's mistress Edla; " Queen Es trid was arrogant and not kind towards her stepchildren, and therefore t he king sent his son Emund to Vendland, where he was brought up by his mat ernal relatives".
Not much is known of Estrid as a person. Snorre Sturlasson mentions h er as a lover of pomp and luxury, and as hard and strict towards her serva nts.
Their son Anund Jacob succeeded Olaf as king in c. 1022. A daughter, Ingeg erd Olofsdotter, in Russia called Anna, married Yaroslav I the Wise, prin ce of Novgorod and Kiev.
Father: *Mstislaw of the Obotrites b: ABT 956 in Germany
*Olaf III "Skotkonung" Eriksson b: ABT 980 in Sweden
- *Ingegerd Olofsdotter b: ABT 1001 in Sigtuna, Uppland, Stockholm, Sweden
- Anund Jakob b: 1008
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