A weekly podcast on Swedish history from the Viking Ages to the present
Monday, 22 December 2014
Episode 4 Erikar, Sverkrar and Earl Birger
In the fourth episode we look at the end of the struggle between the ancestors of Sverker the older and Saint Erik - and the emergence of a new family of kings, descended from the efficient earl Birger. During this period Sweden gets some laws for the entire kingdom, a system of sheriffs and royal castles. There is also a medieval sex scandal involvning the king and his sister, an escaped nun.
Earl Birger, according to a modern reconstruction from his cranium.