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Sverre I of Norway
He claimed the throne after King Håkon II, but was passed over by Erling Skakke and his son Magnus after the Battle of Veøy. He then assembled a troop of woodsmen and other wayfarers — the Birchlegs (Birkebeinerne) — who chose him as their king at Øreting in 1177. He won a clear victory in the Battle of Kalvskinnet in 1179, where Erling Skakke was killed. His vital and final victory was in the Battle of Fimreite in 1184.
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