Parents: Svante Nilsson, regent of Sweden and Iliana Gisladotter Gädda
Date of Birth: 1493
Royal House: Sture
Spouse: Christina Gyllenstierna
Reign: 1512 – 1520
Predecessor: Erik Trolle
Summary: Sten came from a prominent Swedish family, the Stures of Ekesiö. Sten's father died when Sten was only 18 years old. Being considered too young to become the next regent, Eric Trolle, a Danish sympathizer, was chosen. This was a harsh time for Sweden. The country was controlled by Denmark via the Kalmar Union, yet the people of Sweden sought independence. Sten was fiefed a large army and a number of castles by his father, and thus attempted a coup. He promised that he would resume negotiations with Denmark and the Swedish High Council deposed Trolle.
Sten did not want to negotiate with Denmark. He made a treaty with Russia to end their war and set his sights solely on removing Denmark from Sweden. Internal problems, such as a feud between the church and Sten, were quickly resolved. Meanwhile, Christian II of Denmark invaded. Sten led a valiant resistance but was mortally wounded at the Battle of Bogesund in January of 1520. He died two weeks later on his return to Stockholm. Christian II took the Swedish throne from the regency government and executed the malefactors in what became known as the Stockholm Bloodbath. Sten's body was piled on the corpses with the rest, was burnt at the stake as a heretic to Denmark.
Date of Death: 5 February 1520
Successor: Christian II, king of Denmark
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