(d. c. 1080)

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(d. c.1080),

bishop and martyr. This Englishman, who was a relative of Sigfrid of Sweden, helped him reconvert the Swedish people who had lapsed into paganism after the death of Anskar. He worked mainly in Sôdermanland, and was consecrated bishop at Strangnas, of which he was later believed to have been the first diocesan. The murder of the friendly King Inge, as so often with similar assassinations in Scandinavia, caused another reaction: Eskil was stoned to death after a violent storm had destroyed a pagan altar and its sacrifices. Feast (mainly in northern Europe); 12 June.

AA.SS. Iun. II (1968), 598–600;C. J. A. Oppermann, English Missionaries in Sweden (1937), pp. 103–11; B.L.S., vi. 97.

Subjects: Christianity.

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