Name: Erik VI Bjornsson
Given Name: Erik VI
Birth: ABT 0930 in Uppsala, Sweden
Death: ABT 0995 in Uppsala, Sweden
Erik VI Bjornsson is the 32nd great grandfather of Robert Lee Ruth.
Change Date: 18 Sep 2013 at 01:00:00
Erik VI Bjornsson is the 33rd great grandfather of Peggy Ann Stephens.
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Eric I the Victorious Old Norse: Eiríkr inn sigrsæli, Modern Swedish: Erik Segersäll, (945?- c 995), was the first Swedish king (970-995) about whom anything definite is known.
Referring to Eric the Victorious as Eric VI is a later invention. The Swedish kings Erik XIV (1560-68) and Charles IX (1604-1611) took their numbers after studying a highly fictitious History of Sweden.
His original territory lay in Uppland and neighbouring provinces. He was victorious over an invasion from the south in the Battle of the Fýrisvellir close to Uppsala. Reports that Eric's brother Olof was the father of Styrbjörn the Strong belong to the realm of myth.
The extent of his kingdom is unknown. In addition to the Swedish heartland round lake Mälaren it may have extended down the Baltic Sea coast as far south as Blekinge.
According to the Flateyjarbok, his success was due to the fact that he allied with the peasants against the nobility, and it is obvious from archeological findings that the influence of the latter diminished during the last part of the tenth century. He was also, probably, the introducer of the famous medieval Scandinavian system of universal conscription known as the ledung in the provinces around Mälaren.
According to Adam of Bremen, Eric allied himself with the Polish prince Boleslav to conquer Denmark and chase away its king Sweyn Forkbeard. He proclaimed himself the king of Sweden and Denmark which he ruled until his death which would have taken place in 994 or 995. Adam says that Eric was baptised in Denmark, but later returned to the Norse gods. Adam of Bremen gives Emund Eriksson as Eric's predecessor.
In all probability he founded the town of Sigtuna, which still exists and where the first Swedish coins were stamped for his son and successor Olof Skötkonung.
Father: Bjorn "The Old" Ericsson b: ABT 0875 in Uppsala, Sweden
Sygryda Swietoslawa b: ABT 0960 in Poznan, Poland
- Olaf III "Skotkonung" Eriksson b: ABT 0975 in Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden