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Eric XI of Sweden

Eric XI Ericsson the lame (In Swedish Erik Eriksson den läspe och halte) was king of Sweden 1222-1250, with an interregnum 1229-1234. He was born 1216, and died 2 february 1250. Son to king Erik X of Sweden[?].

Due to the the cronicle "Erikskrönikan" he is said to have been partly lame, something which may have been aganist him during he reign.

Eric was born after his fathers death, and becuase of his young age John I of Sweden[?] from the house of Sverker[?] was elected by the Swedish aristocrazy, (against the will of the Pope, who wanted Eric as king).

When John II died in 1222, Eric was elected king, but was nevertheless not 100% supported. After being juvenile king for seven years he was thrown from the throne by the knight Canute II of Sweden who was elected king.

When Canute died 1234 Eric once again became king, and remained official ruler until his death in 1250. He was buried in the monastery in Varnhem, Västergötland. He was the last of the Eric dynasty, which died out with him, since he did not have any children.

His sister Ingeborg had married the knight Birger Magnusson who become unofficial ruler of the country, and founder of the new dynasty, the Folkunga, when heir son Valdemar was elected king 1250.

Preceded by:
John I of Sweden[?]
List of Swedish monarchs Succeeded by:
Valdemar I of Sweden



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