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Eric Trolle

Eric Trolle or Erik Arvidsson (c. 1460 – 1530) was elected regent of Sweden in 1512, during the era of Kalmar Union. He was Justiciar of Närke and a Lord High Councillor of Sweden from 1487.

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.

Eric's son Gustav Trolle (1488-1535) became Archbishop of Uppsala, leader of the Swedish church.

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of Sweden in 1512 upon the death of regent Svante Nilsson, Lord of Ekesiö, but never actually took office, being superseded by Svante's son, the young Sten Sture the Younger.

Erik Arvidsson's family:


  • married 1stly at Fållnäs 30 September 1487 Ingeborg Filipsdotter Tott (drowned 1495 in lake Mälaren)
  • married 2ndly about 1512 Karin Eriksdotter (Gyllenstierna) [died about or before 12 March 1562]

children: first marriage:

  • Gustaf Eriksson Trolle, christened 25 September 1488, died July 1535 a prisoner at Gottorp castle, archbishop
  • Ermegård Eriksdotter, drowned in lake Mälaren 1495
  • Kristina Eriksdotter, drowned in lake Mälaren 1495
  • a son, died young
  • Erik Eriksson, lived 1511

either first or second:

  • Joakim Eriksson

second marriage:

  • Beata Eriksdotter Trolle, died 13 April 1591 at Steninge, married 1538 Gabriel Kristiernsson Oxenstierna, who became 1st Baron of Mörby and Steninge (died 1585)
  • Ingeborg Eriksdotter Trolle, died 1590, married 13 January 1544 Niels Eriksen Ryning, Lord of Lagnoe and Gimmersta (died 1578)


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