Beorn II

Beorn II

Original Name Björn
Birth
Death unknown
Burial Ekerö, Ekerö kommun, Stockholms län, Sweden
Plot Mellanhögen (Middle Tumulus)
Memorial ID 15927184 · View Source
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Swedish king. He was probably of a branch of the ancient Yngling Dynasty, a grandson of Beorn I, and at least ruled Swealand, that is to say the central Swea Region that subsequently developed into modern Sweden by about 980. He lived approximately 800 to 850 and had at least one successor namesake as king, though no Beorn actually used a numeral. This one was King by 828 when the Roman Emperor, Lewis the Pious, received emissaries from the far north who requested, on behalf of the Swea king, that Christians be sent up to their lands. Beorn was said to be of a benevolent mind to have missionaries at his court, and it was indeed he who received St. Ansgar at Birchey (Björkö) the following year. That first crusader to Sweden arrived after a rough journey, having lost everything along the way, including gifts sent by Lewis for Beorn. After holding a council meeting with many of his chieftains, the king decided to let the continental delegation stay on and spread the word anyway, as well as take care of many Christian prisoners. When Ansgar headed back to the Emperor in 831, the Swea king sent along a letter written in runes in his own hand. When Lewis dispatched a first bishop to Sweden, he, too, was treated well, was allowed to build a church and to champion worship and many conversions to the Roman faith for about ten years. When Ansgar first arrived, Beorn had been co-ruler with a brother, Anwynd (II?), who had already been deposed and driven out of the kingdom. It is safe to assume that Beorn's request for visitors was not only motivated by religion, but that matters of peaceful commerce with Carolinian France were held to be at least as important. Delicate 9th glassware among many fine artifacts found in Birchey graves are evidence of an exchange of quality products. Beorn 'at Haugi' (at the Mound) was also a man of literary interest and hosted Brage the Old, the very first Nordic poet known. Anwynd returned around 845 and was reconciled with his brother who continued to rule at Birchey, while Anwynd established himself at Upsala.

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  • Originally Created by: Count Demitz
  • Added: 29 Sep 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 15927184
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Beorn II (unknown–unknown), Find a Grave Memorial no. 15927184, citing Hovgårdens kungshögar Adelsö (Court Estate Tumuli), Ekerö, Ekerö kommun, Stockholms län, Sweden ; Maintained by Find A Grave .