Information about King Eric XIV of Sweden

King Eric XIV of Sweden (13 December 1533 - 26 February 1577)

Eric XIV (Swedish: Erik XIV) was King of Sweden from 1560 until he was deposed in 1568. Eric XIV was the eldest son of Gustav I (1496–1560) and Catherine of Saxe-Lauenburg (1513–35). He was also ruler of Estonia, after its conquest by Sweden in 1561.

While he has been regarded as intelligent and artistically skilled, as well as politically ambitious, early in his reign he showed signs of mental instability, a condition that eventually led to insanity. Some scholars claim that his illness began early during his reign, while others believe that it first manifested with the Sture Murders.

Eric, having been deposed and imprisoned, was most likely murdered. An examination of his remains in 1958 confirmed that he probably died of arsenic poisoning.

King Eric XIV of Sweden reigned in...
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Erik XIV (King Eric XIV) Flag of Sweden Sweden 29 September 1560 29 September 1568
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