The Count’s FeudTheme
A civil war for God, class and country
The long battle for power in Sweden (1448-1523) was costly for Denmark. And when even the Stockholm Bloodbath in 1520 proved counterproductive, King Christian II was forced by the allied forces of the nobility and Duke Frederik I to flee Denmark in 1523.
Duke Frederik was made king, and he rewarded the nobility by giving them the power of life and death over the peasants. Residents of cities and towns who had seen laws favourable to them passed by Christian II suddenly saw those laws revoked. At the same time, the Reformation movement spread to the cities, where iconoclast Beeldenstormers smashed churches and violated monasteries.
In 1529, Protestants came to power in Lübeck, and appointed Jørgen Wullenwever to be mayor. He sought to stop the Hanseatic League's falling trade and declining power in Scandinavia. And when King Frederik I in 1532 made the shocking decision to break his…