- The Baglers and their wooden castle and famous well, Bagler's Well; defeated by King Sverre Sigurdsson 1177 - 1202. King Haakon IV Håkonsson, 1217 - 1263, who built the stone castle and the Bredestuen. King Magnus Lagabøte, that means Lawmender, 1263 - 1280, and Ingeborg his bride from Denmark who came to him here in 1261. Magnus built them a brick citadel. King Hakon V Magnusson 1299 - 1319 took sick and died here, and Harald's line was lost. King Magnus Eriksson ruled 1319 - 1374 wed Blanca of Namur in 135, at this place, and she got the castle and lands as her morning gift. See Old Tonsberg, Castle Hill, Dream and Reality, http://www-bib.hive.no/tekster/tunsberg/slottsfjellet/castle-hill/slott3.html
- So which of those kings is memorialized here, at this side of the wall?
- English history for 871 focuses on Alfred the Great, who assumed the throne after Aethelred.
- Sort out events and names at http://www.timeref.com/hpr1049.htm. The King of Wessex died in 871, and it is Alfred who defended against Norse invasions, Danes mainly, but here including Norwegians such as Halfdan the Black, see http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/heim/03halfdn.htm.
More moving, however, are the views, the imagined battles, long before Oslo grew and took and took.
The site was largely destroyed under Danish attack in 1503, when the Kalmar Union (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, all with fluid boundaries) fell apart. see http://www.spottinghistory.com/view/3180/tonsberg-castle-ruins/