King of Sweden. The third monarch of the Sweartgarian Dynasty named for his grandfather Sweartgar I, he was born about 1164, the only son of King Carl I and Queen Christina. He had been brought up in Denmark, and was called in from there to reign in 1196 at around 30 years of age because of the fact that the late King Canute's sons only were babies when he died. Sweartgar greatly increased the privileges of the church, even granting it total exemption from governmental taxation. His first queen, Benedicta, died leaving the King with a surviving daughter or two. The second, Queen Ingigarth, a daughter of the powerful Bielbo Dynasty earl Birger the Smiler and remarried Dowager Queen Bridget, gave Sweartgar the son of his own that was needed for the succession of his dynasty. In 1205 his army managed to defeat Canute's sons, who had been promised the throne after Sweartgar and had fled to Norway and raised a revolutionary army. All but one of those Erican Dynasty princes were killed in the fighting. Three years later, however, the surviving one of them, Eric, managed to unseat Sweartgar who then had to flee back to Denmark. While invading Sweden in 1210 to try for a royal comeback, he was killed in a battle near Falköping in Westrogothland. The more exact location of the Battle of "Gestilren" has been debated extensively for hundreds of years but has never been able to be determined etymologically and geographically.
Bio by: Count Demitz