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Gustav I Vasa
Original name:  Gustaf Eriksson
Birth: May 12, 1496
Death: Sep. 29, 1560

King of Sweden. He was the son of the Swedish Councilor of the Realm Eric Johnson of a powerful noble family soon to be known as Vasa. Though it was a surname which this first monarch of the dynasty never used, it has become an inalienable part of his royal name. He liberated Sweden from the Kalmar Union with Denmark and Norway, and became king on June 6, 1523, a date that is Sweden's Flag Day and more recently has become its legal national holiday. He inaugurated a new list of monarchs in 1544, allowing his 'historians' to glorify Sweden's past and add a number of fictitious rulers such as Carls III-VIII. From Gustav I to this day, the throne of Sweden is still in his family, albeit that roadmap includes several female lines in the genealogy. He also initiated the Reformation and made the Church of Sweden Lutheran in 1527. He lived an adventurous life, prior to his rule. When his father had been executed by Christian II in the Blood Bath of Stockholm, he fled towards Norway and traveled Dalecarlia on skis rousing revolutionaries. Annually since 1922, to commemorate these events, the Vasa Race (Vasaloppet) is still held there, the largest cross-country ski race in the world, with more than ten thousand participators often including current royalty. Gustav was increasingly a huge landowner and by necessity a harsh and determined ruler whose published letters to his subjects all over Sweden, high and low, reveal his strong temperamental character and strict requirements of obedience and loyalty. Left free to do so by all the Blood Bath's executions of potential rivals, he reorganized Sweden in ways that no one ever had succeeded to do before, later being called the first king of modern Sweden as well at the true Father of His Country. Some 20th century ideologists have even wanted to pass him off as Sweden's very first king, an idea requiring the denial of much of the kingdom's earlier history and her people of its roots, and considered bizarre by reputable historians of today. Gustav was also very involved in the affairs and welfare of his large family of ten children, three successive queens and a multitude of cousins and in-laws. His temper worsened due to toothache and other ailments as he grew older, and not long before his death he officially said good-bye to his people with a stirring speech in the throne room of his Three Crowns Castle of Stockholm. The Vasa Dynasty proper reigned over Sweden for 131 years and in Poland-Lithuania-Ukraine from 1587 to 1668, expiring fours years thereafter with the death of Ex-King John II Casimir.

 (bio by: Peter Robsahm) 
 
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  Queen Margaret (1516 - 1551)*
 
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Burial:
Uppsala Domkyrka (Cathedral of Uppsala)
Uppsala
Uppsala kommun
Uppsala län, Sweden
Plot: The Vasa sepulchral chapel
 
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Originally Created by: Peter Robsahm
Record added: Dec 07, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 8161845
Gustav I Vasa
Added by: Peter Robsahm
 
Gustav I Vasa
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Gustav I Vasa
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