- Eric II of Norway
Infobox Norwegian Royalty|monarch
title= King of Norway
May 9 1280-1299
coronation=1280, Old cathedral of Bergen
spouse = Margaret of Scotland
father= King Magnus VI the Lawmender of Norway (1238-1280)
mother= Ingeborg Eriksdatter
issue= Margaret, Maid of Norway
date of birth= 1268
place of birth=
date of death= death date|1299|7|15|df=y
place of death=
place of burial= Old cathedral of Bergen
Eirik Magnusson (1268 –
15 July 1299) was the king of Norwayfrom 1280 until 1299.
He was the eldest surviving son of king Magnus the Lawmender of Norway, and his wife Ingeborg Eriksdatter, daughter of king
Eric IV of Denmark. Through his mother (who was daughter of Jutta of Saxony, herself a descendant of Ulvhild of Norway, duchess of Saxony), Eric descended from king St Olav, Olav II of Norway, being the first after Magnus the Goodof that saint's descendants to ascend that throne (i.e, the descendants of St.Olav returned to kingship of Norway).
Eirik married princess Margaret of Scotland in 1281. Margaret died two years later in labour, giving birth to Margaret, Maid of Norway, who became
queen of Scotlandin 1286.
He later married
Isabel Bruce, sister of King Robert I of Scotland.
Eirik received the nickname "Priesthater" from his less than successful relations with the church. In spite of this he is normally counted a weak and inoffensive man who was mostly guided by his councillors.
Probably because of his claim on his maternal heritage he supported the Danish outlaws like
Stig Andersen Hvideafter the murder of King Erik Vand ravaged the Danish coasts for some years.
As Eirik died without sons, he was succeeded by his brother ,
Haakon V of Norway. He was buried in the old cathedral of Bergen, which was demolished in 1531. Its site is marked by a memorial, in present-day Bergenhus Fortress.
Eirik's daughter Ingeborg married
Valdemar Magnussonof Sweden.
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