Erik the Saint

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Erik the Saint (Swedish: Erik den helige) was a legendary king of Sweden, who lived in 12th century. In 1150 AD, he led a crusade to convert the pagan inhabitants of Finland. He was murdered on May 18 1160 AD just after leaving a church in which he had attended mass.

He was popularly declared a saint, with the day of his death being his feast day, but has never been formally recognized by the Catholic Church. His remains were enshrined in the cathedral of Uppsala, where they still remain.

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