Stockholm Bloodbath


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Stockholm Bloodbath

 

a cruel reprisal carried out in Stockholm on Nov. 8–9, 1520, by the Danish king Christian II against the supporters of the Swedish regent Sten Sture the Younger. In an attempt to restore the Union of Kalmar by force, Christian II invaded Sweden and defeated Sture’s army. The Stockholm Bloodbath followed: with the aid of Catholic prelates, an ecclesiastical trial was staged in the royal palace; about 100 prominent nobles and townspeople were executed in Stockholm on fabricated charges of heresy and their property was confiscated. Bloody reprisals followed in a number of other regions of Sweden.

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The National Library of Sweden (aka the Royal Library) recently paid 2.4 million kronor (about $270,000) for a copy of a book containing notes detailing one of the country's bloodiest episodes, a heresy trial known as the Stockholm Bloodbath. It took place in November 1520 on the orders of King Christian II of Denmark, who then held sway in parts of Sweden, and featured the executions of nearly 100 people.
This might be a veiled overture to local lore: On November 8, 1520, Danes invaded Sweden and took their due in the Stockholm Bloodbath. Either way, eerie wretchedness heaped onto lost hope remains the picture's loathsome ballast.
Stortorget was the scene of "The Stockholm Bloodbath" w hen in 1520 Christian II, a Danish king, under the guise of an amnesty, executed en masse those who opposed him.

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