Haakon IV Haakonsson


Haakon IV Haakonsson

biographical name

(born 1204, Norway—died December, 1263, Orkney Islands) King of Norway (1217–63). After he became king, his mother answered doubts about his paternity by passing through an ordeal of hot irons. He established Norwegian sovereignty over Iceland and Greenland (1261–62) and died defending the Hebrides and the Isle of Man from the Scots. He was a noted patron of the arts, and his reign began the “golden age” in medieval Norwegian history.

Variants of HAAKON IV HAAKONSSON

Haakon IV Haakonsson known as Haakon the Old

This entry comes from Encyclopædia Britannica Concise.
For the full entry on Haakon IV Haakonsson, visit Britannica.com.

Seen & Heard

What made you look up Haakon IV Haakonsson? Please tell us what you were reading, watching or discussing that led you here.

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More