Lucretia Gyllenhielm

Lucretia Johansdotter Gyllenhielm (1561–1585), was the illegitimate daughter of John III of Sweden and Karin Hansdotter. She was reportedly the favorite of her father.[1]

BiographyEdit

Lucretia Gyllenhielm and her siblings were ennobled and granted the surname Gyllenhielm in 1577, though she and her sister often used only their patronymic.[2] [3]

Lucretia was the favorite of her father. She was betrothed to the nobleman Karl Gustafsson Stenbock. [4] When she died unmarried in 1585 at the age of 24, her father the king became distraught and issued an investigation if she had died as the result of witchcraft.[5] Karl Gustafsson Stenbock accused the noblewoman Kerstin Gabrielsdotter Ulfsax, wife of Joen Nilsson (1536-1600). She was rumored to have murdered her late spouse and of having bewitched Lucretia.[6][7] Ulfsax was arrested, and after having failed to collect twelve female nobles as character witnesses, she was executed.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gyllenhjelm, Lucretia". Anteckningar om svenska qvinnor. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  2. ^ "Gyllenhielm". adelsvapen.com. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  3. ^ Larsson, Lars-Olof, Arvet efter Gustav Vasa: berättelsen om fyra kungar och ett rike, Prisma, Stockholm, 2005
  4. ^ "Karl Gustafsson Stenbock". Nordisk familjebok. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  5. ^ Gyllenhjelm, Lucretia i Wilhelmina Stålberg, Anteckningar om svenska qvinnor (1864)
  6. ^ Karl Ix:s rimkrönika (KB)
  7. ^ Palmskiöldska samlingen i Uppsala
  8. ^ Gyllenhjelm, Lucretia i Wilhelmina Stålberg, Anteckningar om svenska qvinnor (1864)

Other sourcesEdit

  • Ericson Wolke, Lars, Johan III: en biografi, Historiska media, Lund, 2004
  • Larsson, Lars-Olof, Arvet efter Gustav Vasa: berättelsen om fyra kungar och ett rike, Prisma, Stockholm, 2005
  • Gyllenhjelm, Lucretia i Wilhelmina Stålberg, Anteckningar om svenska qvinnor (1864)
  • Karl Ix:s rimkrönika (KB)
  • Palmskiöldska samlingen i Uppsala