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Late 19th century model for a statue of Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson to be placed in Örebro; no contemporary image of Engelbrekt is known.

Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson (1390s – May 4, 1436) was a Swedish rebel leader and later statesman. He was the leader of the Engelbrekt rebellion in 1434 against Eric of Pomerania, king of the Kalmar Union.

Engelbrekt, whose family was of German origin, was a mine owner and a nobleman from Dalarna in Middle Sweden. Dissatisfied by misdeeds of the Danish local bailiffs and heavy taxation, he started a rebellion with the support of mine workers and peasants from his home area. The rebellion grew into a massive force sweeping the country.

In 1435 Engelbrekt was appointed commander of the national forces (rikshövitsman) at a Riksdag in Arboga that is often considered the first Riksdag in Sweden. He was not, however, able to withstand the Swedish nobility, who wanted to exploit the rebellion, and he was somewhat forced into the background. On May 4, 1436 Engelbrekt was assassinated at a peninsula in Lake Hjälmaren by the aristocrat Måns Bengtsson, who lived in the nearby Göksholm Castle.

Posterity has regarded Engelbrekt as one of the great heroes of Swedish history and his rebellion has been viewed the start of the "national awakening" of the Swedes, which triumphed in the victory of Gustav Vasa. Engelbrekt himself had no such ideas, which must have been anachronistic at the time; however his rebellion gave peasants a voice in Swedish politics which they never lost afterwards. There are statues of Engelbrekt in Stockholm, Örebro, Arboga and Falun.

Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson
Born: 1390s Died: May 4 1436
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Eric of Pomerania
as King of Sweden
Regent of Sweden
Succeeded by
Eric of Pomerania
as King of Sweden


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