Waldemar


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Waldemar.

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Waldemar

 

(or Valdemar). In Denmark:

Waldemar I the Great. Born Jan. 14, 1131; died May 12, 1182. Became king in 1157. In the maternal line he was a great-grandson of the Kievan prince Vladimir Monomach. He led a series of military campaigns against the Polabianic Slavs and in 1169 subdued the island of Rügen. In 1177 he obtained the appointment of his councillor Absalon as archbishop of Lund (primate of the Danish Church). He laid the foundations of the centralized feudal monarchy in Denmark.

Waldemar II the Victorious. Born 1170; died Mar. 28, 1241. Became king in 1202. Early in the 13th century he subdued the north German cities (including Hamburg and Lübeck) and principalities. He lost these territories as a result of his defeat at the hands of the North German princes at Bornhøved in 1227. In 1219 he conquered northern Estonia. He promulgated the so-called Jutland Laws in 1241.

Waldemar IV Atterdag. Born circa 1320; died Oct. 24, 1375. Became king in 1340. In the 1340’s he gathered the separate parts of his kingdom into one political entity; earlier, these lands had fallen into the hands of feudal nobles, mainly Germans. (Skåne reverted to Denmark only in 1360.) He inflicted an unprecedented tax assessment upon his subjects. An uprising of Estonian peasants from 1343 to 1345 com- pelled him to sell northern Estonia to the Livonian Order. In the struggle for supremacy in the western Baltic, Waldemar declared war on the Hanseatic League and Sweden; in 1361 he conquered the island of Gotland. A new war (1367-70) ended in Denmark’s defeat and the Treaty of Stralsund in 1370, which was ignominious for Denmark.

References in classic literature ?
It is the mere wantonness of insult,'' said one of the oldest and most important of Prince John's followers, Waldemar Fitzurse, ``and if your Grace attempt it, cannot but prove ruinous to your projects.
Those who follow your Grace in the paths which you tread,'' said Waldemar, but speaking in a low voice, ``acquire the right of counsellors; for your interest and safety are not more deeply gaged than their own.
Silence, sirs,'' said Waldemar, ``and let the Prince assume his seat.
Prince John, though not yet a monarch, had in Waldemar Fitzurse all the inconveniences of a favourite minister, who, in serving his sovereign, must always do so in his own way.
High towers rose from the castle of the king, and the brightness of many candles streamed from all the windows; within was dance and song, and King Waldemar and the young, richly-attired maids of honor danced together.
Bordingborg, in the reign of King Waldemar, a considerable place, now an unimportant little town.
Yes, that it has," said she; and she now related many pretty things out of Holberg's comedies, and about Waldemar and Absalon; but all at once she cowered together, and her head began shaking backwards and forwards, and she looked as she were going to make a spring.
Former Polish Prime Minister Waldemar Pawlak discussed the current economic situation in Ukraine and possible economic reform proposals with experts
Two-time world championship silver medalist Shanz Waldemar of Germany clinched the bronze medal defeated former junior world champion Kuwait's Abdulrehamn al-Faihan by one shot in a tense shoot-off during which he shot down 32 targets against 31 of the Kuwaiti shooter.
WORCESTER -- Waldemar Feliciano got up one November morning in 2005, told his girlfriend he was going to make some phone calls and vanished.
The Holyhead ace was riding his mother Tracy's 11-year-old bay gelding Waldemar at the event in Arezzo in Italy.
Marek Grega, a 54-year-old Slovakian man and Waldemar Sadowski, a 41-year-old from Poland, were both arrested following concerns raised by communities across West Bromwich about begging and shoplifting.