Idag, på Eriksdagen, uppmärksammar Anton Pihl att Stockholm har ett krönt Erikshuvud i sitt vapen, och därmed också i flaggan!
May 18 is Saint Eric’s Day. The Swedish King Erik Jedvardsson, stabbed and beheaded on Ascension Thursday 1160, is the patron saint of Sweden and its capital city. In the 14th Century Saint Eric’s head first appeared on the seal of Stockholm. Today it features on the city’s blue-yellow flag.
The flag of Stockholm, capital of Sweden, is a heraldic banner of the city’s arms: In a blue field the golden head of Saint Eric en face crowned with a golden royal crown. The oldest known seal of the city with Saint Eric’s head is from 1376. In the 20th Century it became common for the City of Stockholm to use its armorial bearings in flag form. The city flag flies in front of the city hall, Stockholms stadshus, for example.
Wether or not Erik Jedvardsson was a particularly holy man we will never know. No contemporary sources from…
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