Name: *Eric VI "the Victorious " of Sweden
Name: Erik "Seiersal" Bjornsson
Name: Eric "the Victorious" Eriksson
Birth: ABT 930 in Sweden
Death: BET 994 AND 995 in Uppsala, Sweden 1
Occupation: king of the Swedes during the last two decades of the 10th century
Occupation: King of the Swedes 2
Eric VI of Sweden The extent of his kingdom is disputed. In addition to t he Svealand heartland round lake Mlaren it may have extended down the Balt ic Sea coast as far south as Blekinge. Details on Eric's reign are spars e. It is claimed that he defeated a major Danish army under the comma nd of his nephew Styrbjrn Starke at the Fyris Wolds at Old Uppsala, from w hich his accolade "the victorious" stems. In all probability he founded t he town of Sigtuna, which still exists and where the first Swedish coins w ere stamped for his son and successor Olof Sktkonung. Eric is claim ed to have married Sigrid the Haughty, daughter of Mieszko I of Polan d, in the 980s. According to the Sagas, Eric the Victorious ruled togeth er with his brother Olof (II) Bjrnsson. After Olof Bjrnsson's death, Er ic proclaimed his still unborn child co-ruler instead of his nephew Styrbj rn Starke. The disinherited Styrbjrn was to attack Eric with a large Dani sh force. The victory rendered Eric the cognomen "Victorious". However, A dam of Bremen, who is considered to be more reliable than the sagas, on ly gives Emund Eriksson as predecessor to Eric the Victorious. He does, ho wever, not claim that Emund was the father of Erik, and nothing contradic ts the possibility that Emund and Bjrn were co-rulers, like Erik and Ol of and their semi-legendary ancestors Bjrn at Hauge and Anund Uppsal e. He was king of the Swedes during the second half of the 10th century.
The extent of his kingdom is disputed. In addition to the Swedish heartla nd round lake Mälaren it may have extended down the Baltic Sea coast as f ar south as Blekinge.
The Norse sagas relate that he was the son of Björn Eriksson and that he r uled together with his brother Olof Björnsson. He married Sigrid the Haugh ty, the daughter of the legendary Viking Skagul Toste, but would later div orce her and give her Götaland as a fief. Before this happened, his broth er Olof died, and a new co-ruler had to be appointed. The Swedes refus ed to accept his rowdy nephew Styrbjörn Starke as his co-ruler and the con troversy was settled when Eric suggested that the new co-ruler would be h is and Sigrid's unborn child, on condition that it was a son. Styrbjörn w as given 60 longships by Eric and sailed away to live as a Viking. Styrbjö rn would become the ruler of Jomsborg and an ally and brother-in-law of t he Danish king Harold Bluetooth. Styrbjörn returned to Sweden with a maj or Danish army, which Eric defeated in the Battle of the Fýrisvellir at O ld Uppsala.
According to Adam of Bremen, Eric would conquer Denmark and chase away i ts king Sweyn Forkbeard and proclaimed himself the king of Sweden and Denm ark which he ruled until his death which would have taken place in 9 94 or 995. He is said to have been baptised in Denmark, but later return ed to the Norse gods.
In all probability he founded the town of Sigtuna, which still exists a nd where the first Swedish coins were stamped for his son and successor Ol of Skötkonung.
However, Adam of Bremen only gives Emund Eriksson as predecessor to Eric t he Victorious, but it is possible that Emund and Björn were co-rulers, li ke Erik and Olof and their semi-legendary ancestors Björn at Hauge and Anu nd Uppsale.
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Father: *Bjorn "the Old" Eriksson b: ABT 867 in Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden
Auð Hakonsdatter b: ABT 960 in Norway
*Sigrid "the Haughty" of Poland b: BET 968 AND 972 in Poznan, Poznan, Poland
BET 980 AND 985 3
- *Olaf III "Skotkonung" Eriksson b: ABT 980 in Sweden
- *Holmfrid of Sweden b: ABT 990 in Sweden
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