|Died||19 March 1662|
|Other names||Ebba Larsdotter Sparre|
|Known for||Intimate friend of Queen Christina|
|Spouse(s)||Jakob Kasimir De la Gardie|
Ebba Sparre was the daughter of statesman and marschal Lars Eriksson Sparre and Märta Banér and grandchild of chancillor Erik Larsson Sparre. Sparre was a celebrated beauty at the royal court and nicknamed La belle comtesse (French for : "The beautiful countess"). She frequently played the part of Venus in the amateur ballets performed by the nobility at court. Her intimate relationship with Queen Christina gave rise to the speculation that they were lovers. This has however never been confirmed, and the truth is unknown.
Most of Christina's spare time was spent with 'la belle comtesse' - and she often called attention to her beauty. She introduced her to the English ambassador Bulstrode Whitelocke as her 'bed-fellow', assuring him that Sparre's intellect was as striking as her body. When Christina left Sweden she continued to write passionate love-letters to Sparre, in which she told her that she would always love her. However, such emotional letters were relatively common at that time, and Christina would use the same style when writing to women she had never met, but whose writings she admired.
Ebba was engaged to Bengt Gabrielsson Oxenstierna but broke the engagement to marry Count Jakob Kasimir De la Gardie, brother of the queen's favourite Magnus Gabriel de la Gardie, on the initiative of Christina. They married in 1652. The marriage was unhappy. Sparre was the only female favourite of Christina, and they kept in touch after Christina left Sweden.
- Wilhelmina Stålberg: Anteqningar om Svenska kvinnor (Notes on Swedish women) (Swedish)
- Sven Stolpe (Swedish) :Kristina: Drottning & Rebell (Christina:Queen and rebel) (2004) p. 56.
- Veronica Buckley (2005). Christina; Queen of Sweden. London: Harper Perennial. ISBN 1-84115-736-8.
- Elisabeth Aasen: Barokke damer, edited by Pax, Oslo 2003, ISBN 82-530-2817-2
- Leif Lekeby (Swedish): Kung Kristina - Drottningen som ville byta kön (King Christina - the queen who wished to change sex) (2000) p. 44