Book of Saints – Eric


ERIC (Saint) King, Martyr (May 18) (12th century) Eric (a name identical with Henry), son-in-law of Smercher, King of Sweden, was elected to succeed him in 1141, and is described as both the father and the servant of his people. Having in battle subdued the Finns, he laboured to convert them to Christianity, and is reckoned the Apostle of their country. A man of prayer, he built many churches, but always out of the proceeds of his own patrimony. A Pagan faction, headed by Magnus, son of the King of Denmark, compassed his death, A.D. 1151, when he was struck down from his horse and beheaded as he was leaving the church after hearing Mass, his last thought being to save his followers. His memory is yet held in benediction among the Swedes.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Eric”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 January 2013. Web. 2 December 2020. <>