Information about King Eric IX of Sweden

King Eric IX of Sweden (1125 - 18 May 1160)

Eric IX of Sweden, (Swedish: Erik Jedvardsson; Erik den helige), also called Eric the Lawgiver, Erik the Saint, Eric the Holy, and, in Sweden, Sankt Erik, meaning Saint Eric, was a Swedish king c. 1156-60. No historical records of Eric have survived, and all information about him is based on later legends that were aimed at having him established as a saint. The Roman Martyrology of the Roman Catholic Church names him as a saint memorialized on 18 May.

Eric was responsible for codifying the laws of his kingdom, which became known as King Eric's Law (or the Code of Uppland). Additionally, he established a monastic chapter in Old Uppsala, which had come from the Danish abbey of Odense. He also established an unpopular system of tithes to support the Church similar to elsewhere in Europe.

Swedish nobles allied with the rival House of Sverker dynasty accosted Eric near Uppsala at Ă–stra Aros as he was leaving church after hearing mass on Ascension Day in May 1160 or 1161. He was pulled off his horse onto the ground by the swarming rebels, who taunted and stabbed him, then beheaded him. One version names his assassin as Emund Ulvbane, hired by the Sverker dynasty.

King Eric IX of Sweden reigned in...
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Erik Jedvardsson (King Eric IX) Flag of Sweden Sweden 1156 18 April 1160
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