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King Erik VI Anundsson of Sweden
(Abt 0840-0917)
Mrs. Erik VI
(Abt 0854-)
Björn III 'the Old' Eriksson King of Uppsala
(Abt 0865-0956)
Mrs. Bjorn Eriksson
(Abt 0872-)
King Erik VI Segersäll "The Victorious" Bjornsson of Sweden
(Abt 0950-1025)

 

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Spouses/Children:
Gunhilda of Poland/ Sigríð the Haughty (Stórráða) of Poland Sweden Norway & Denmark Queen Of Sweden, Queen of Denmark

King Erik VI Segersäll "The Victorious" Bjornsson of Sweden

  • Born: Abt 950, Sweden
  • Marriage: Gunhilda of Poland/ Sigríð the Haughty (Stórráða) of Poland Sweden Norway & Denmark Queen Of Sweden, Queen of Denmark in 980 in Sweden
  • Died: 1025, Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden about age 75

  General Notes:

Eric the Victorious (VI), Old Norse: Eiríkr inn sigrsæli, Modern Swedish: Erik Segersäll, 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 heartland round lake Mälaren it may have extended down the Baltic Sea coast as far south as Blekinge.

The Norse sagas relate that he was the son of Björn Eriksson and that he ruled together with his brother Olof Björnsson. He married Sigrid the Haughty, the daughter of the legendary Viking Skagul Toste, but would later divorce her and give her Götaland as a fief. Before this happened, his brother Olof died, and a new co-ruler had to be appointed. The Swedes refused to accept his rowdy nephew Styrbjörn Starke as his co-ruler and the controversy was settled when Eric suggested that the new co-ruler would be his and Sigrid's unborn child, on condition that it was a son. Styrbjörn was given 60 longships by Eric and sailed away to live as a Viking. Styrbjörn would become the ruler of Jomsborg and an ally and brother-in-law of the Danish king Harold Bluetooth. Styrbjörn returned to Sweden with a major Danish army, which Eric defeated in the Battle of the Fýrisvellir at Old Uppsala.

According to Adam of Bremen, Eric would conquer Denmark and chase away its king Sweyn Forkbeard and proclaimed himself the king of Sweden and Denmark which he ruled until his death which would have taken place in 994 or 995. He is said to have been baptised in Denmark, but later returned to the Norse gods.

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.

However, Adam of Bremen only gives Emund Eriksson as predecessor to Eric the Victorious, but it is possible that Emund and Björn were co-rulers, like Erik and Olof and their semi-legendary ancestors Björn at Hauge and Anund Uppsale.

Erik married Gunhilda of Poland/ Sigríð the Haughty (Stórráða) of Poland Sweden Norway & Denmark Queen Of Sweden, Queen of Denmark, daughter of Mieszko I Prince Of Poland and Dúbravka von Böhmen Princess of Bohemia, in 980 in Sweden. (Gunhilda of Poland/ Sigríð the Haughty (Stórráða) of Poland Sweden Norway & Denmark Queen Of Sweden, Queen of Denmark was born in 967 in Poznañ, Poznañ, Poland and died after 8 Feb 1014.)



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