Carl I

Carl I

Original Name Karl Sverkersson
Death 12 Apr 1167 (aged 31–32)
Burial Ödeshögs kommun, Östergötlands län, Sweden
Memorial ID 15927625 · View Source
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King of Sweden. His year of birth is an approximation. This second Sweartgarian Dynasty king, King Sweartgar I's eldest surviving son by Queen Wolfhilda, had been named for the magnificent European Emperor Charlemagne (Carl the Great). Having eliminated his predecessor, Magnus II, in 1161 he maneuvered for a few years of his own on the throne. He was the first to adopt the official title of King of the Swedes and the Goths, a form used for over 800 years until 1973. He also tried, unsuccessfully, to set his own father's name up for sainthood to compete with the Legend of St. Eric. The King allowed the Archbishopric of Upsala to be founded, and the first Archbishop of Sweden, Stephen, was installed there. Carl I resided mostly at an island castle he had built for his safety in the great Lake Vätter, but he was assassinated there anyway in 1167. His consort, another Queen Christina, of several namesakes there have been in Sweden, fled to Denmark with their young son, the future Sweartgar II. Archbishop Stephen fled also. Of all the royal wax seals that Swedish kings have placed under their documents, those of Carl I are the oldest known. It has been argued that they give a stylized image, rather than a portrait likeness, of the monarchs who used them. King Carl I and Queen Christina also had one daughter, who became a nun.

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