FYI June 15, 2022

On This Day

1184 – The naval Battle of Fimreite is won by the Birkebeiner pretender Sverre Sigurdsson. Sigurdsson takes the Norwegian throne and King Magnus V of Norway is killed.
The Battle of Fimreite- The Battle of Fimreite (Norwegian: Slaget ved Fimreite) was a naval battle fought on June 15, 1184, between King Magnus Erlingsson and the Birkebeiner supported Sverre Sigurdsson. At this time in Norwegian history it was extremely common for there to be changes in leadership, and political coups were often conducted to establish a new ruler. This inevitably led to the naval battle between Sverre Sigurdsson and Magnus Erlingsson that resulted in Magnus being defeated and killed in the battle, and Sverre usurping the Norwegian throne.[2] Similarly, this battle also had long lasting effects on Norway as a whole. As stated previously, Norway was very volatile during this time, however, the result of this battle led to the installation of Sverre and a lasting effect on Norway’s leadership. Sverre would go on to rule from 1184 to 1202, making him one of the longest standing sovereign kings in Norway’s twelfth and thirteenth century. His leadership along with Norways recent conversion to Christianity that spread the Administrative apparatus of the papacy would have long lasting effects on Norways culture, economy, and society.[3]



Born On This Day

1479 – Lisa del Giocondo, Italian model, subject of the Mona Lisa (d. 1542)[14]
Lisa del Giocondo (Italian pronunciation: [ˈliːza del dʒoˈkondo]; née Gherardini [ɡerarˈdiːni]; June 15, 1479 – July 15, 1542) was an Italian noblewoman and member of the Gherardini family of Florence and Tuscany. Her name was given to the Mona Lisa, her portrait commissioned by her husband and painted by Leonardo da Vinci during the Italian Renaissance.

Little is known about Lisa’s life. Born in Florence and married in her teens to a cloth and silk merchant and shoemaker who later became a local official, she was a mother to five children and led what is thought to have been a comfortable and ordinary middle-class life. Lisa outlived her husband, who was considerably her senior.

In the centuries after Lisa’s death, the Mona Lisa became the world’s most famous painting.[1] In 2005, Lisa was definitively identified as the model for the Mona Lisa.[2]




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