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  Sarcophagus of King Erik XIV
by sim1

This is the sarcophagus of King Erik XIV, son of Gustav Vasa. King Erik XIV was brought back to Västerås after having died in 1577. He was a prisoner of his brother, King Johan III. The legend goes that he has been poisoned with arsenic served in his pea soup..... Hmm, I can't help it, but when I hear the word pea soup I have to think of a typical Swedish tradition, lol. The ones that have read the local custom tips on my Sweden page know what I am talking about :-) Swedes traditionally eat pea soup every Thursday followed by pancakes. Hahaha, I wonder if that was already the tradition in those days ;-).....
Okay, let?s get back to the story.... King Gustaf III thought that Eric ought to have a worthy resting-place and ordered a marble sarcophagus. But when the grave was opened in the 1950's, it was discovered that the sarcophagus had been too short for the rather tall monarch, so the feet had been placed along side the legs. Phew, it seems not always that easy to be a King!

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  • Updated Nov 3, 2003
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