Magnus II of Sweden

Magnus attacks King Eric as imagined by Peringskiöld.
This 16th-century grave monument at Vreta is thought to have been for King Magnus II (not Magnus I as the stone shows), though his actual burial probably took place elsewhere within the cloister compound, now in ruins.[1]

Magnus II; Swedish: Magnus Henriksson (ca. 1148- 1161) was a Danish lord and King of Sweden between 1160 and 1161, thereafter treated as a usurper.[2]

His mother was Ingrid Ragvaldsdotter, a granddaughter of King Inge I of Sweden. His father was the Danish lord Henrik Skatelår, son of an illegitimate son of king Sweyn II of Denmark. He was married to Bridget Haraldsdotter.

Magnus, a claimant to the competed throne, ambushed and killed Eric IX of Sweden (later to be known as Eric the Saint) when he left the church at Östra Aros near Uppsala on May 18, 1160. Magnus reigned as king of almost all of Sweden until he was executed the year after by forces of his rival, Karl Sverkersson, who was the ruler of Götaland. After the fall of Magnus, Karl Sverkersson reigned as King Charles VII of Sweden .[3]


  1. Lindberg, Markus in Meddelanden från Östergötlands länsmuseum 2003 ISBN 91-85908-52-5 p. 74
  2. Hans Gillingstam. "Magnus Henriksson". Svenskt biografiskt lexikon. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  3. "Karl Sverkersson". Nordisk familjebok. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
Magnus Henriksen
Died: 1161
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Eric IX
King of Sweden
Succeeded by
Charles VII

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