Princess Kristina of Norway

Princess Kristina

Princess Kristina, Haakon Haakonsson’s daughter, is a relevant personality in the medieval Norwegian and Spanish history. Her journey to Spain in the 13th century to get married to the prince of Castile, Felipe, king Alfonso X el Sabio’s brother, represents a common chapter in the history of both countries. In the Saga of Haakon Haakonsson “the old”, written by the Icelandic Stula Tordsson only two years later than the king’s death, there are several chapters that focus on this event.

This saga is considered highly reliable, as the writer had direct access to contemporary sources. In the Crónicas de Alfonso X there is also evidence of the marriage agreement that would give rise to a direct relationship between Norway and Spain. The wedding took place in Valladolid in 1258. Haakon Haakonson, a pioneer of the Norwegian foreign policy, cared for his relations in Europe and his influence was recognized among the monarchs of his age.


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