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Gustav Vasa established an independent kingdom under a strong central power. He broke with the Kalmar Union, and installed himself as head of the church through the Reformation. Gustav Vasa also made Sweden a hereditary monarchy.
Katarina of Sachsen-Lauenburg
Queen Katarina was the mother of Erik (XIV). The idea that Katarina was unpredictable and the marriage was unhappy comes from the negative propaganda against Erik XIV that circulated after his removal from power.Read more about Katarina of Sachsen-Lauenburg
Queen Margareta and Gustav Vasa had ten children, including Johan III and Karl IX. She remained a Catholic until her death, and gave generous gifts to the church.Read more about Margareta Leijonhufvud
Queen Katarina survived her husband by more than sixty years. The couple had no children together, but she was on good terms with her stepchildren.Read more about Katarina Stenbock