Eric Arvidsson was born around 1460 in an important family of high nobility and was apparently aiming at a clerical career. He studied at the universities of Rostock and Cologne, had positions as Canon in Uppsala and Linköping but was never ordained. He married in 1487 the wealthy Ingeborg Philipsdatter (Thott) (died 1495), his stepmother's first cousin, as his first wife and settled on her manor Ekholmen in Uppland. His second wife, from about 1512, was Karin Eriksdotter Gyllenstierna, much his junior, who survived until around 1562. She was a great-granddaughter of king Charles VIII.
Eric's parents were lord Arvid Birgersson Trolle (died 1505) and his first wife Kerstin Jonsdotter (Gädda). Already his father had related them to the rising powerful family Thott by marrying Beata Ivarsdotter Tott (died 1487) as his second wife in 1466. The last stepmother of Eric's was his father's third wife Brita Turesdotter Bielke.
Trolle was elected Regent (riksföreståndare) at the meeting of the High Council of Sweden in 1512 upon the death of regent Svante Nilsson, Lord of Ekesiö, but never actually took office, being superseded by Svante's son, the young Sten Sture the Younger.
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