The dead in the twelfth century the monarch did not have any historical sources, also issued after the "popular" canonization of pious legends they turned out to be true.

According to the legend, king Erik was a kind and fair ruler, a faithful Christian, who organized a crusade against the Finns. Killed him in 1160 (the tenth year of the reign) of the Danish Lord and take his place.

The remains of Eric the Saint were first extracted from the tomb in Uppsala in 1946, and in 2014 they were subjected to re-analysis. Scientists have studied the health status of the monarch, his genealogy, diet and lifestyle, and circumstances of death.

Radiocarbon analysis of 23 bones from the tomb confirmed the traditional Dating of the murder of the king (1160 year). They belonged to a man aged 35-40 years, growth of 171 centimeter. Eric did not suffer from osteoporosis — on the contrary, the bone density was 25 per cent higher than the modern Swedes of middle age. It was also found that the king possessed a powerful physique, well nourished and led a physically active lifestyle.

Analysis of isotope ratios in the bones indicated that a large part of the diet of Eric was a freshwater fish, that is, the king observed all ecclesiastical posts. DNA analysis of the monarch have not yielded certain results.

With regard to injuries and death, the skull of Eric found signs of two prolonged RAS — apparently, he was subjected to during the Finnish campaign. In the process death match, according to the legend, the enemies surrounded the king, he fell to the ground, where he suffered numerous injuries. Then the half-dead monarch long mocked and finally beheaded him.

The traces of wounds on the bones confirmed the rightness of legends: scientists have discovered at least nine tracks from hits, seven of which were on the lower limb. Apparently, the king wore chain mail, which protected the chest and ribs, but left the legs exposed.

One of the cervical vertebrae were cut — this could not be done without removing the armor (i.e. during battle). This fact indicates a break between the fight and the death of the king — during which Eric was tormented by the crowd.