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Eric IX

Eric IX (Eric the Saint), d. 1160, king of Sweden. He led (1157?) a Christian crusade to Finland, where he left the bishop of Uppsala in charge of missionary work. While attending mass he was killed by a Danish prince. Soon afterward the people began to revere him as a saint, and c.1290 he became the patron saint of Sweden. Feast: May 18.

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