King of Sweden. Belonging to the Bielbo Dynasty, he was the older of the two sons of King Magnus IV of Sweden, with whom he reigned jointly for two years. His mother Queen Blanche was originally a Belgian princess. He may have been King Eric XII, without ever being counted that way officially. Consistently called "upprorsmakaren Erik" by Swedish historians (thus his epithet here), he took advantage of a revolt by some of the nobility against his father and swung himself up on the throne in 1357. A reason for the spat was the son's dislike, fanned by the troublemakers and revolutionaries, of the father's most trusted councilor and favorite, who had been created an extremely rare, non-royal duke. The controversy is evidence that an enormous amount of severe personal criticism, known to have been leveled at Magnus and Blanche by such political and religious adversaries as Bridget "the Holy", had serious contemporary ramifications even within the Bielbo Dynasty itself. At first, Eric took over some of the southern provinces, and with German help, finally reached Stockholm and then ruled the whole Swedish kingdom. He was at the height of this new-found power, and reconciled and ruling constructively with his father, when Eric and Beatrice, his imperially connected Wittelsbach Dynasty queen from Bavaria, and a son they had suddenly all died of the plague. The ongoing slander against his mother, emanating out of Rome, went as far accusing her of having poisoned her son and family, though objective historians have found no conceivable motive for her to have done so.
Bio by: Count Demitz