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Sten Sture the Elder

Sten Sture the ElderAKA Sten Gustafsson

Born: 1440
Birthplace: Sweden
Died: 1503
Location of death: Sweden
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Katarina Church, Stockholm, Sweden

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Government

Nationality: Sweden
Executive summary: Regent of Sweden, 1470-97

Sten Gustaffson, commonly called Sten Sture the Elder. In 1464 he came prominently forward in support of Bishop Kettil Karlsson Vasa in his struggle against Christian I of Denmark, and showed great ability in winning over the peasants and making soldiers of them. In 1470 we find him in the forefront of the Swedish national leaders and victorious over both Erik Karlsson Vasa and King Christian himself. After the death of Karl Knutsson, commonly called Charles VIII, Sture was elected regent of Sweden; and from 1470 to 1497 displayed some of the highest qualities of a statesman. In 1471 he again defeated Christian I at the great battle of Brunkebjarg which materially strengthened his position in Sweden. In 1483 he was obliged to acknowledge Hans of Denmark and Norway as king; but the strife of factions enabled him to hold his own until the arrival of Hans in Sweden in 1497. His position had in the meantime been weakened by a ruinous war with Russia. He succeeded, however, in annexing Íland to Sweden. After the terrible defeat of Hans by the Dithmarschers in 1500 Sture was a second time elected regent, holding that office until his death.

Wife: Ingeborg Tott



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