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(1549-11-21)
Vreta Abbey

Ebba Eriksdotter Vasa (died 21 November 1549) was a Swedish noble. She was the mother of Queen Margaret Leijonhufvud and King Märta and mother-in-law of King Gustav Vasa.

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.

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.

References[edit]

  • Signum svenska kulturhistoria: Renässansen (2005)
  • Herman Lindqvist: Historien om alla Sveriges drottningar (2006)
  • Karin Tegenborg Falkdalen (2010). Vasadöttrarna (utgåva 2). Falun: Historiska Media. ISBN 978-91-85873-87-6