Eric Trolle

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Erik Trolle
Born c. 1460
Died 1529 or 1530
Title Regent Riksföreståndare
Predecessor Svante Nilsson
Successor Sten Sture the Younger
Spouse(s) Ingeborg Filipsdotter (Tott)
Karin Eriksdotter (Gyllenstierna)
Children Gustav Trolle, archbishop of Uppsala
A son of unknown name

Eric Trolle (or Erik Arvidsson) (c. 1460–1530) was elected regent of Sweden in 1512, during the era of Kalmar Union. He was Justiciar of Närke and a Lord High Councillor of Sweden from 1487.[1]


Eric Arvidsson was born around 1460 into an important family of high nobility and was apparently aiming at a clerical career. Eric's parents were lord Arvid Birgersson Trolle (died 1505) and his first wife Kerstin Jonsdotter (Gädda). His father had connected him to the powerful family Thott by marrying Beata Ivarsdotter Tott (died 1487) as his second wife in 1466. The last stepmother of Eric's was his father's third wife Brita Turesdotter Bielke.

Eric studied at the universities of Rostock and Cologne, had positions as Canon in Uppsala and Linköping but was never ordained. Eric was elected Regent (riksföreståndare) at the meeting of the High Council of Sweden in 1512 upon the death of regent Svante Nilsson, Lord of Ekesiö, but never actually took office, being superseded by Svante's son, the young Sten Sture the Younger.

He married in 1487 the wealthy Ingeborg Philipsdatter (Thott) (died 1495), his stepmother's first cousin, as his first wife and settled on her manor Ekholmen Castle in Uppland. His second wife, from about 1512, was Karin Eriksdotter Gyllenstierna, much his junior, who survived until around 1562. She was a great-granddaughter of King Charles VIII of Sweden. Eric's son Gustav Trolle (1488–1535) became Archbishop of Uppsala and leader of the Church of Sweden.


  • Ingeborg Filipsdotter Tott (married at Fållnäs 30 September 1487, drowned 1495 in Lake Mälaren)
  • Karin Eriksdotter Gyllenstierna (married about 1512, died about or before 12 March 1562)


first marriage

  • Gustaf Eriksson Trolle, christened 25 September 1488, died July 1535 a prisoner at Gottorp castle, archbishop
  • Ermegård Eriksdotter, drowned in lake Mälaren 1495
  • Kristina Eriksdotter, drowned in lake Mälaren 1495
  • a son, died young
  • Erik Eriksson, lived 1511

either first or second:

  • Joakim Eriksson

second marriage

  • Beata Eriksdotter Trolle, died 13 April 1591 at Steninge, married 1538 Gabriel Kristiernsson Oxenstierna, who became 1st Baron of Mörby and Steninge (died 1585)
  • Ingeborg Eriksdotter Trolle, died 1590, married 13 January 1544 Niels Eriksen Ryning, Lord of Lagnoe and Gimmersta (died 1578)


Eric Trolle
Born: 1460 Died: 1530
Political offices
Preceded by
Svante Nilsson
Regent of Sweden
Succeeded by
Sten Sture the Younger