Christian Eric Fahlcrantz
, (30 August 1780 - 6 August 1866), Swedish
author, was born at Stora Tuna
. His younger brothers, Carl Johan Fahlcrantz
(1774-1861), the landscape painter, and Axel Magnus Fahlcrantz
(1780-1854), the sculptor, are also notable.
In 1804 he entered the University of Uppsala
; in 1821 he became tutor in Arabic
, and in 1825 professor of Oriental languages. In 1828 he entered the church, but earlier than this, in 1825, he published his Noacks Ark
, a successful satire on the literary and social life of his time, followed in 1826 by a second part. In 1835 Fahlcrantz brought out the first part of his epic of Ansgarius
, which was completed in 1846, in 14 cantos. In 1842 he was made a member of the Swedish Academy
, and in 1849 he was made bishop of Västerås
, his next literary work being an archaeological study on the beautiful ancient cathedral of his diocese.
In the course of the years 1858-1861 appeared the five volumes of his Rom förr och nu
("Rome as it was and is"), a theological polemic, mainly directed against the Jesuits
. He died on the 6th of August 1866. His complete works (7 vols., Örebro, 1863-1866) were issued mainly under his own superintendence.