Ebba Eriksdotter Vasa
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|Ebba Eriksdotter Vasa|
|Spouse(s)||Erik Abrahamsson Leijonhufvud|
|Noble family||House of Vasa|
|Father||Erik Karlsson Vasa|
|Mother||Anna Karlsdotter (Vinstorpa)|
|Died||21 November 1549
Ebba was the daughter of nobleman Erik Karlsson (Vasa) and noblewoman Anna Karlsdotter (Vinstorpa). Her father was a cousin of Erik Johansson Vasa, the father of King Gustav Vasa. She was married to Erik Abrahamsson Leijonhufvud on 18 January 1512 in Söderköping. In 1520, her spouse was executed during the Stockholm Bloodbath.
In 1536, her daughter Margaret became queen, and Ebba became the mother-in-law of the king. As such, she and her family was given a role to play in the ceremonial court life. During the first years of her daughter's marriage, Ebba had an influential position in the Swedish royal court: it was said that the king did not dare to oppose her. Her influence was not described as political, however. During the royal couple's trips around the country, Ebba, alongside Christina Gyllenstierna, was frequently given the responsibility for the royal children, such as for example in 1540, when they were left in her care in Örebro Castle, while the king and queen visited Älvsborg. While in her care, they were often attended to by the cunning woman Brigitta Lars Anderssons.
Ebba was a stern Catholic, and in 1536 the king gave her Vreta Abbey in Östergötland, which was given her protection during the Swedish Reformation. Eventually Ebba withdrew to Vreta Abbey, where she died in 1549.
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