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Gustav I Eriksson Vasa (1496-1560) of House Vasa, King of Sweden and Protector of the Realm, is a character of major importance in Swedish history. He is most famous for liberating Sweden from Danish rule in 1523. After the Christian II of Denmark executed Swedish nobility in an event known as the Stockholm Bloodbath, he and other rebels drove the invaders out of Sweden. Sweden later broke away from the Kalmar Union. He also introduced a Protestant reformation, in which Sweden officially abandoned the Catholic league. He was also responsible for translating the Bible into Swedish, nationalizing the church's assets, forcefully putting down three rebellions and forever ending Danish dominance in Sweden.

Gustav I Vasa
Gustav Vasa
Gustav Vasa of Sweden

King of Sweden

6 June 1523 - 29 September 1560

Coronation

12 Januari 1528

Predecessor

Christian II

Successor

Erik XIV

Spouses

Katarina of Saxe-Lauenburg, Margareta Leijonhufvud, Katarina Stenbock

Children

Erik, Johan, Katarina, Cecilia, Magnus, Karl, Anna, Sten, Sofia, Elisabet, Karl

Family

House Vasa

Born

12 May, 1496

Deceased

29 September, 1560 (aged 64)

Buried

Cathedral of Uppsala