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Sten Sture the Younger

Sten Sture the Younger
Reign 23 July 1512 – 3 February 1520
Predecessor Erik Trolle
Successor Christian II
Born 1493
Died 3 February 1520(1520-02-03)
On the ice of lake Mälaren
Burial Corpse exhumed and burned at the Stockholm Bloodbath
Spouse Christina Gyllenstierna
Father Svante Nilsson
Mother Iliana Gisladotter Gädda

Sten Sture the Younger (Swedish: Sten Sture den yngre), Lord of Ekesiö (1493 – 3 February 1520), was a Swedish statesman and regent of Sweden, during the era of the Kalmar Union.


He was born in 1493, as the son of regent Svante Nilsson, a descendant of the Sture of Ekesiö family, and Iliana Gisladotter Gädda, heiress of Ulvåsa.

At the death of his father, the regent Svante, young Sten was only 18 years old. High Councillor Eric Trolle was chosen as regent by the council—he supported union with Denmark. However, young Sten utilized the castles and troops fiefed to him by his late father and made a coup. After Sten promised to continue union negotiations with Denmark, the High Council accepted him as regent instead of Trolle.

In reality, lord Sten's purpose was to keep Sweden independent of Denmark. He took the Sture name, heritage from

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