Eric and Eric

Eric and Eric, according to Adam of Bremen, were two contenders for the kingship of Sweden around 1066–67, after the death of King Stenkil. They waged war on each other, with disastrous consequences: "[I]n this war all the Swedish magnates are said to have fallen. The two kings also perished then. When the entire royal clan was thus entirely extinct, conditions in the kingdom were changed and Christianity was disturbed to a high degree. The bishops that the Archbishop [of Bremen] had anointed for this land stayed back home due to fear of persecutions. Only the bishop in Scania took care of the churches of the Geats, and the Swedish Jarl Gnif strengthened his people in the Christian faith."[1]

Nothing more is known about the two Erics, though later historians have speculated that one of them was a Christian son of Stenkil, and the other a pagan; accordingly, they are sometimes assigned the invented names of Eric Stenkilsson and Eric the Heathen. No basis for those names can be substantiated from their own times.[2]

After Eric and Eric were dead, Halsten, son of King Stenkil, ascended to the throne.[3]


  1. ^ Adam av Bremen (1984), Historien om Hamburgstiftet och dess biskopar. Stockholm: Proprius, p. 170 (Book III, Chapter 53).
  2. ^ Sture Bolin, "Erik och Erik", Svenskt biografiskt lexikon [1]
  3. ^ Adam av Bremen (1984), p. 194 (Scholion 84).

Further readingEdit

  • Harrison, Dick (2009). Sveriges historia 600-1350. Norsteds. p. 124. ISBN 9789113023779.
Eric and Eric
 Died: c. 1067
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