In 1493 the Danish & Norwegian King Hans or John I forms an alliance with Ivan III of Russia with the latter commencing an invasion to Finland from 1495 to 1497. The invasion was unsuccessful but Sten Sture lost the support of Swedish nobility which deposed him in 1497. In the war that followed Sten Sture with the support of Swedish peasantry is defeated by John I at the Battle of Rotebro just north of Stockholm and is forced to surrender the city. Although Sture was given the highest position of authority in Sweden by the new King after their reconciliation, during the following rebellion against the Danes in 1501, Sture again led the Swedish struggle for independence until his death in 1503. His closest relatives & heirs were his deceased sister’s children of the House of Vasa. His nephew, born a few years earlier would be crowned as King Gustav I of Sweden twenty year after Sture’s death.'s_drawing_of_a_Swedish_peasant_host_fighting_German_mercenaries_in_1501.jpg

In 1520 Hans’ (or John I’s) son, Christian II of Denmark would finally conquer Stockholm in his third attempt to subdue the pro-independence Swedes led by Sten Sture the Younger (of Ekesiö family) who was mortally wounded in the Battle of Bogesund. He died on the ice of lake Mälaren on his way back to Stockholm. Sture’s widow Christina Gyllenstierna took command of Stockholm after securing the support of the lower classes. In September of 1520 after four months of siege by the army of the Danish king Christian II, the Sture’s widow surrendered the capital to the Danes.,_och_Kristina_Gyllenstierna,_1494-1559_-_Nationalmuseum_-_15066.tif