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Eric the Survivor
Original name:  Erik Knutsson
Birth: 1190
Death: Apr. 10, 1216

King of Sweden. The third monarch of the Erican Dynasty, he was the son of King Canute I, and may have been King Eric X, but is not counted that way officially. Under the rule of the rival Sweartgarian Dynasty's King Sweartgar II, and when that king began to promote sons of his own, Canute's young sons, who already had been promised the throne after Sweartgar, went over to Norway and raised an army. They returned in revolt in 1205, but were defeated in battle. Three years later, however, in 1208, Eric managed to unseat Sweartgar and send him packing back to Denmark, from where he had come in 1196. While intruding again into Sweden, two years after that, Sweartgar was killed in a battle near Falköping in West Gothland, leaving Eric to rule uncontested thereafter. This only surviving son of Canute's, in all Swedish literature called "Erik som överlevde", though the epithet never has been officially established as such, had barely escaped death in the battle of 1205 where all three of his brothers fell. Eric the Survivor was the first Swedish king known to have had a coronation ceremony, which took place in Upsala in 1210. He resided, as several predecessors had, mainly at Näs Castle on the Lake Vätter island of Visingsö, and like his father, died there of illness. He had hosted a visit by Iceland's great historian, Snorri Sturluson, who recorded much of what we know about early Nordic history. Eric's wife Queen Richeza was an Estrith Dynasty princess of Denmark and a granddaughter of her earlier namesake among Swedish queens. The couple had four or five daughters, who all married well. Their only son Eric, the last Erican king, was born a few months after his father's death. (bio by: Count Demitz) 
Family links: 
   Canute I (1149 - 1196)
   Richeza of Sweden (1182 - 1220)*
   Sophia of Mecklenburg (____ - 1241)*
   Ingiburga of Sweden (1212 - 1254)*
   Eric the Lisper-and-Halter (1216 - 1250)*
*Calculated relationship
Varnhems kyrka & kyrkogård
Skara kommun
Västra Götalands län, Sweden
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Originally Created by: Count Demitz
Record added: Sep 28, 2006
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Eric the Survivor
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Eric the Survivor
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Eric the Survivor
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