Tuesday, April 24, 2012

First Christian Kings of Sweden

Erik Segersäll the Victorious King of Sweden (c. 975-c.995)
Eric praying to Odin [a major god in Norse mythology] before the Battle of Fýrisvellir, as envisioned by 20th century artist Jenny Nyström

Eric won the Battle of Fýrisvellir at Old Uppsala, according to Styrbjarnar þáttr Svíakappa after sacrificing to Odin and promising that if victorious, he would give himself to Odin in ten years.

Adam of Bremen relates that Eric was baptised in Denmark but that he forgot about the Christian faith after he returned to Sweden. Erik's son Olaf became a Christian martyr. 

Ancestry Chain: Ancestral Quest relationship calculator shows Erik as our grandfather 100 times as 33rd, 34th, 35th, 36th, 37th, 38th and 39th great grandfather.
As 33th great grandfather Erik Segersäll “the Victorious” King of Sweden b.975, Olaf III Skötkonung King of Sweden b.950, Astrid of Norway b.999, Ulfhild OLAFSDATTER Princess of Norway b.1020, Magnus Billung, Duke of Saxony b.1045, Ulfhide (Wolfhildis) Princess Of Saxony b.1079, Judith of Bavaria, Duchess of Swabia b.1103, Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I b.1122, Philip of Swabia King of Germany 1250 and 1254 Duke b.1176, Marie Of Hohenstaufen b.1201, Henry III, Duke of Brabant b.1233, Marie DE BRABANT b.1254, Marguerite Queen of England of France b.1279, Edmund PLANTAGENET of Woodstock, Earl of Kent I b.1301, Joan of Kent PLANTAGENET Princess of Wales b.1328, John DE HOLLAND Duke of Exeter b.1355, John HOLLAND 2nd Duke Of Exeter b.1395, Anne HOLLAND b.1428, Ralph (I) NEVILLE 3rd Earl of Westmorland b.1456, Lord Ralph NEVILLE II b.1472, Lord Ralph (III) NEVILLE 4th Earl of Westmorland b.1497, Lady Margaret NEVILLE b.1520, George GARDNER b.1535, Sir Thomas GARDNER b.1565, Rachel GARDNER Immigrant b.1608, Thomas NOBLE Emigrant b.1632, Sgt. Luke NOBLE b.1675, Samuel NOBLE b.1722, Lydia NOBLE b.1768, Horace Datus ENSIGN b.1797, Martin Luther ENSIGN b.1831, Harriett Camilla ENSIGN b.1859, George Ensign SMITH b.1898, Camilla SMITH b.1926, Lark, JR.

"Saint" Olaf III Skotkonung Sweden Eriksson "the Tax King"

Birth: 950 in Uppsala, Sweden
Death: Nov 1022 in Kronoberg, Orebro, Sweden / Stockholm, Sweden

He was the first Swedish king to remain Christian until his death. However, according to Adam of Bremen, the fact that the vast majority of the Swedes were still pagan forced him to limit Christian activities to the already Christian border province of Väs.

According to a legend he was martyred at Stockholm after refusing to sacrifice to pagan gods. He's venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church.

Ancestry Chain: Ancestral Quest relationship calculator shows Olaf III as our grandfather 100 times as 31st, 32nd, 33rd, 34th, 35th, 36th, 37th, and 38th great grandfather.
As 38th great grandfather Olaf III Skötkonung King of Sweden b.950, Ingigerd Olafsdottir Princess of Sweden b.1001, Anastasia of Kiev Queen of Hungary b.1023, Adelaide princess of Hungary Duchess of Bohemia b.1041, Judith of Bohemia princess b.abt 1059, Bolesław III Wrymouth b.1085, King Władysław II the Exile High Duke of Poland and Ruler of Silesia b.1105, Ryksa (Richeza) of Poland Queen of Castile b.1140, Sancha of Castile and Leon b.1154, Alfonso II Count Province & Forcalquier b.1174, Raymond Berenger V Count of Provence b.1198, Marguerite DeProvence b.1221, Philip III 'the Bold' of France b.1245, Charles Of Valois b.1270, Jeanne 'Joan' of Valois CALPET Countess of Hainaut-Hainault b.1294, Philippa of Hainault Countess of Savoy- Queen consort of England b.1311, *Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence PLANTAGENET b.1338, Philippa 5th Countess of Ulster suo jure PLANTAGENET b.1355, Roger DE MORTIMER 4th Earl of March b.1374, Anne DE MORTIMER Of March b.1390, Richard PLANTAGENET 3rd Duke of York b.1411, Edward IV PLANTAGENET King of England b.1441, Prince Cecily PLANTAGENET of York b.1469, Robert DE WELLES b.1484, Thomas DE WELLES b.1501, Robert WELLES b.1540, Jane Sarah WELLS b.1572, Sylvester BALDWIN b.1590, Mary BALDWIN b.1625, Deborah PLUMB b.1655, John ROUNDY b.1681, Robert ROUNDY b.1704, John ROUNDY b.1726, Uriah ROUNDY b.1756, Shadrach ROUNDY b.1789, Almeda Sophia ROUNDY b.1829, Charles PARKER b.1853, Laura Elizabeth PARKER b.1889, Kirt DeMar WOOD b.1923, Lark, TR.

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