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Svante Nilsson (regent of Sweden) : biography

1460 - 2 January 1512

Svante Nilsson (1460 – 2 January 1512) was a Swedish statesman and regent of Sweden 1504 – 2 January 1512.


He was born around 1460 as the son of Nils Bosson of the family of Natt och Dag (whose mother was of Sture family). He never himself used the name Sture, but his son later took the great-grandmother's name because of its prestige and tradition of preserving the Swedish independence. He became a member of the Privy Council of Sweden no later than 1482, but acted in opposition to his distant kinsman Sten Sture the Elder, going as far as supporting John of Denmark. Unwillingly he then switched sides and supported Sten Sture in overthrowing the king, which at the death of Sten Sture led to himself being elected regent. His resignation was demanded by the Privy Council of Sweden in the summer of 1511, but in practice he remained in power until his death on 2 January 1512.

His first marriage (1490–1495) with Iliana Gädda, produced the son Sten Sture the Younger. He married a second time with Mette Dyre (1504–1512).

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