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Eric II of Norway

Eric II Magnusson
Contemporary bust of Eric II from the Stavanger Cathedral, dated to the 1280s.[1]
King of Norway
Reign 9 May 1280 – 15 July 1299
(rex iunior from 1273)
Coronation 1280, Old cathedral of Bergen
Predecessor Magnus VI
Successor Haakon V
Born 1268
Died 15 July 1299(1299-07-15)
Burial Old cathedral of Bergen
Consort Margaret of Scotland
Isabel Bruce
Issue Margaret, Queen of Scots
Ingeborg, Duchess of Finland
House House of Sverre (Fairhair dynasty)
Father Magnus VI of Norway
Mother Ingeborg of Denmark
Religion Roman Catholicism

Eric Magnusson (1268 – 15 July 1299) (Old Norse: Eiríkr Magnússon; Norwegian: Eirik Magnusson) was the King of Norway from 1280 until 1299.


  • Background 1
  • Reign 2
  • Ancestry 3
  • References 4


Eirik was the eldest surviving son of

Eric II of Norway
Cadet branch of the Fairhair dynasty
Born: 1268 Died: 15 July 1299
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Magnus VI
King of Norway
with Magnus VI (1273-1280)
Succeeded by
Haakon V
  1. ^ Lillehammer, Grete, et al. (1995) Museoteket ved Arkeologisk museum i Stavanger: Rogalandsfunn fra istid til middelalder, p. 108
  2. ^ a b c Narve Bjørgo, "Eirik Magnusson" in Norsk biografisk leksikon vol. II, (Oslo, 2000), pp. 436-437
  3. ^ (Store norske leksikon)Margrete Eiriksdotter
  4. ^ (Store norske leksikon)Isabella Bruce
  5. ^ Tor Einar Fagerland, Krig og diplomati i nordisk middelalder (Oslo, 2002) pp. 82-96
  6. ^ (Store norske leksikon)Eirik Magnusson
  7. ^ (Eirik Magnussons mynthistorie)Eirik Magnusson 1280-1299



As Eirik died without sons, he was succeeded by his brother, as 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.[6][7]

Eirik received the nickname "Priest Hater" from his unsuccessful relations with the church.

A prominent feature of Eirik's reign was war with Denmark, which was waged on and off from 1287 until 1295. A major motivation for this warfare was Eirik's claim on his mother's Danish inheritance. In 1287, he also entered into an alliance with a group of Danish nobles, most prominently Jacob Nielsen, Count of Halland and Stig Andersen Hvide, who were outlawed in Denmark for allegedly murdering the Danish king Eric V. Eirik gave the outlaws sanctuary in Norway in 1287. King Eirik himself led a large Norwegian fleet which, along with the Danish outlaws, attacked Denmark in 1289, burning Elsinore and threatening Copenhagen. Renewed naval attacks on Denmark were made in 1290 and 1293, before peace was made in 1295.[5]



Eirik later married Öland.[4]

Eirik married princess Margaret of Scotland, daughter of King Alexander III of Scotland in Bergen in 1281. Margaret died two years later in childbirth, giving birth to Margaret, Maid of Norway, who became queen of Scotland in 1286 until her death in 1290. Her death sparked the disputed succession which led to the Wars of Scottish Independence.[3] Eirik briefly and unsuccessfully laid claim to the Scottish crown as inheritance from his daughter.[2]

[2] in the southwest, subordinate to King Eirik. The king's main residence was in Bergen in Western Norway.Stavanger in Eastern Norway and Oslo, was in 1273 given the title "Duke of Norway", and from 1280 ruled a large area around Haakon His brother, [2]

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