What was the Battle of Vasteras (1521)?

Introduction The Battle of Västerås (Swedish: Slaget om Västerås) was a battle in the Swedish War of Liberation that took place on Badelundaåsen, north of Västerås, Sweden on 29 April 1521. The Swedish troops, led by Gustav Vasa, defeated the Danish force, led by Didrik Slagheck, and conquered Västerås. Background Gustav Vasa, who after going… Read More

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What was the Battle of Brunnback Ferry (1521)?

Introduction The Battle of Brunnbäck Ferry (Swedish: Slaget vid Brunnbäcks färja) was the first major battle in the Swedish War of Liberation, between rebels rallied by Gustav Vasa that had marched down from occupied Falun and Danish troops from Västerås. The battle took place by the village Brunnbäck, near the ferry over Dalälven. Background Governmental… Read More

What was the Swedish War of Liberation (1521-1523)?

Introduction The Swedish War of Liberation (1521–23; Swedish: Befrielsekriget, “The Liberation War”), also known as Gustav Vasa’s Rebellion and the Swedish War of Secession, was a rebellion and a civil war in which the nobleman Gustav Vasa successfully deposed King Christian II from the throne of Sweden, ending the Kalmar Union between Sweden, Norway, and… Read More