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Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson

Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson (c. 1390s–1436) was a Swedish nobel, rebel leader and statesman. He led a peasant rebellion against Eric of Pomerania, monarch of the Kalmar Union, and his many oppressive Danish bailiffs and tax collectors. His actions came to reshape the political situation of Sweden forever, giving the commoners a voice in Swedish politics for the first time. He was assassinated by the aristocrat Måns Bengtsson on May 4, 1436.

During the 19th century and onwards, he has been increasingly viewed as a national hero of Sweden, regarded as starting the process which eventually culminated in Gustav Vasa breaking free of Danish-dominated Kalmar Union. His legacy has been misused by Nationalist and Neo-Nazi groups, although he has also been used as a symbol for anti-fascism during the World War II period.