Tracy Wilson

Show Notes: Eric XIV

Missed in History: Eric XIV
Eric XIV, former King of Sweden, is visited by his wife Karin Mansdotter and one of their sons during his captivity. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Today's episode has some themes in common with our recent story on Crown Prince Sado of Korea, including a royal family with a history of mental health issues and an ultimately murderous end. This time, it's from Sweden. Eric XIV's doesn't lend itself to a straightforward, chronological telling, so today's episode is thematic, winding through his childhood, his courtships with a number of princesses, and the murders that ended it all.

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Holly's research:

  • Bain, Robert Nisbet. "Scandanavia: A Political History of Denmark, Norway and Sweden from 1513 to 1960." Elibron Classics. 1905.
  • Bos, Joan. "Eric XIV of Sweden." Mad Monarchs.
  • Cronholm, Neander Nicolas. "A History of Sweden from the Earliest Times to the Present Day." Volume 1. 1902. Accessed via Google Books:
  • Elizabeth I. "Collected Works." University of Chicago Press. 2002.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica. "Erik XIV."

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