Person:Olaf II of Norway (1)

King Olaf II of Norway
b.995 Norway
  1. King Olaf II of Norway995 - 1030
m. 1028
  1. Wulfhilde of Norway1020 - 1071
  • HKing Olaf II of Norway995 - 1030
  • W.  Alfhild (add)
  1. Magnus Olafsson _____Abt 1024 - 1047
Facts and Events
Name King Olaf II of Norway
Alt Name Saint Olav _____
Alt Name Olaf Haraldsson
Gender Male
Birth? 995 Norway
Occupation? From 1014 to 1028 NorwayKing of Norway
Marriage 1028 to Astrid Olofsdotter _____
Marriage to Alfhild (add)
Death[2] 29 Jul 1030 Stiklestad, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway Combatant of Stiklestad
Other? 1164 Roma, Lazio, ItalyCanonization by Pope Alexander III
Other? NorwayPatron Saint
Reference Number? Q208331?

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Olaf II Haraldsson ( – 29 July 1030), later known as Saint Olaf (and traditionally as St. Olave), was King of Norway from 1015 to 1028. Son of Harald Grenske, a petty king in Vestfold, Norway, he was posthumously given the title Rex Perpetuus Norvegiae and canonised at Nidaros (Trondheim) by Bishop Grimkell, one year after his death in the Battle of Stiklestad on 29 July 1030. His remains were enshrined in Nidaros Cathedral, built over his burial site. His sainthood encouraged the widespread adoption of Christianity by Scandinavia's Vikings/Norsemen.

Pope Alexander III confirmed Olaf's local canonisation in 1164, making him a universally recognised saint of the Roman Catholic Church and started to be known as Rex Perpetuus Norvegiaeeternal king of Norway. His sainthood is also recognized by Eastern Orthodox Church (feast day 29 July), where he is considered a "Passion-Bearer" for the Holy Orthodox and Catholic faith and has been commemorated as early as 1031. He is one of the last famous saints before the Great Schism. Following the Reformation he was a commemorated historical figure among some members of the Lutheran and Anglican Communions.

The saga of Olav Haraldsson and the legend of Olaf the Saint became central to a national identity. Especially during the period of romantic nationalism, Olaf was a symbol of Norwegian independence and pride. Saint Olaf is symbolised by the axe in Norway's coat of arms and Olsok (29 July) is still his day of celebration. Many Christian institutions with Scandinavian links as well as Norway's Order of St. Olav are named after him.

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  1.   Olaf II of Norway, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2. OLAV Haraldson, in Cawley, Charles. Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families.