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Olaf III ÒSkotkonungÓ Eriksson of Sweden
Died: 10 FEB 1049/1050
King of Sweden, 994-1022. ÒSkotkonungÓ means ÒTax King.Ó OlafÕs efforts to impose Christianity were frustrated by the leading no-nChristian Swedish chieftains. He opposed the development of a strong Norwegian state and joined Swein I Forkbeard, king of Denmark, and his allies in a victorious war against Norway in 1000. Olaf subsequently married his illegitimate daughter Holmfrith to the earl Swein, one of the Danish viceroys in Norway. Initially opposed to Olaf II Haraldsson, king of Norway, he later made peace with him and married his other illegitimate daughter, Astrid, to the Norwegian ruler. His legitimate daughter, Ingegard orIngigerth, married Jaroslav I the Wise, grand prince of Kiev. A committed Christian, Olaf was prevented by advocates of the native Norse religion, based at the temple at Uppsala, from personally enforcing conversion. Missionaries from many European countries, however, carried out the work of conversion. Olaf's life is described extensively in Icelandic sagas of the thirteenth century.
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