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Eric (IX) the Holy
Original name:  Erik Jedvardsson den Helige
Birth: 1120
Death: May 18, 1160

King of Sweden. This founder of the Erican Dynasty of Swedish kings was very likely the ninth Eric, but has not been counted thus officially. He was the son of a Lord Edward, a wealthy landowner, and Lady Cecilia, who has been asserted to be a daughter or granddaughter of the somewhat mysterious King Hacon (II) Red, a.k.a. the "Blood Swain". Eric married King Ingi the Elder's granddaughter, Princess Christina of Denmark, already Dowager Queen of Norway as the widow of Magnus IV the Blind. Because of sacral tales about him, launched later and promoted by the dynasty, her Swedish husband is also known as Saint Eric (Sankt Erik), though he never has been officially processed as such by the Vatican. For hundreds of years, Swedes would swear allegiance on solemn occasions to "the Kingdom and Saint Eric the King". A stylized portrait of him in blue and yellow (not necessarily a likeness) is used as the modern-day coat of arms of Sweden's capital of Stockholm, which his elder son Canute I founded in the 1180's after the pillaging and destruction of Sigtuna. Eric and Christina seem to have attempted to support a more national Swedish church. He led an expedition, probably a crusade, to Finland. As of his reign, that area appears to have been added more specifically to the Kingdom of Sweden, to which it then belonged for over 600 years. King Eric the Holy's just legislation and other inspiring virtues are likely to have been exaggerated by the powerful legend his short reign inspired. His violent death in 1160, at the spot where the Cathedral of Upsala now stands, can hardly be questioned, as evidenced by an examination of his bones. He was beheaded and practically chopped to pieces. Allegedly this happened after the King had refused to break off mass to take cover against another murderous throne claimant who succeeded him as Magnus II. What is left of Eric's remains rests in an ornate shrine at the magnificent Upsala church, and the bejeweled headband of his gilt crown, also found there, is the oldest piece of royal insignia left in the country. Erik and Christina had another son Philip from whose branch a later king would come, and two daughters, one of whom became Queen Consort of Norway.
 (bio by: J T Demitz) 
 
Burial:
Uppsala Domkyrka (Cathedral of Uppsala)
Uppsala
Uppsala kommun
Uppsala län, Sweden
Plot: Sankt Eriks skrin (Casket of St. Eric)
 
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Originally Created by: J T Demitz
Record added: Sep 28, 2006
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