|King of Gothenland|
|Reign||April? 1178 - March, 1210|
|Born|| c. 1154 |
|Died|| March, 1210 |
Sverker's early reign is little commented on by Gothenlandic sources and he appears more as a presence in Danish and Svealandic texts. His sister Helena was married to Magnus II of Denmark and it appears the two kings were friendly, building a united front against the new Erik dynasty in Svealand. It was probably Magnus's urgings which would push the church to support Sverker's claim to Svealand.
Sverker played his part too and is recorded in making significant donations of land to the church, particularly to the Bishopric of Skara and Växjö, presumably to shore up these border areas.
In 1208 the papacy finally chose to support Sverker's claims. Cnut I was deemed a usurper and his son John I a illegitimate king. John I had long expected this eventuality however, and had prepared Svealand's forces well. The two kings would meet at the Battle of Lena with John proving victorious. Sverker would spend the remainder of his reign preparing a new invasion however this duty would fall to his son Karl when he died in early 1210.