U is for...Uppsala Castle
The construction of Uppsala Castle was started in 1549 by Gustav Vasa.
When Gustav Vasa died, his son Erik became King of Sweden. At the time
of receiving the news of his father's death, Erik was on his way to England
to woo Queen Elizabeth I. The history of Europe might have been different
if he had continued on to England and she had accepted Erik.
Probably for the best as Erik was not mentally stable.
He suffered from fear of the nobles or others who might
lay claim to his throne. His fears led to accusations, mistreatment's, and
unfounded imprisoning. In 1567 the King killed a young member
of the Sture family in a cell in Uppsala castle. Then the King ordered
other members of this family to be killed.
Erik's derangement continued for a time and others ruled
in his place. Eventually he was deposed in 1569 and imprisoned.
There were various uprisings and Erik's place of imprisonment
was changed at various times. Sentenced to death, the sentence
was never (officially at least) carried out as Erik died in his
prison cell in 1577, probably as a result of poisoning.
A beautiful castle but the scene of murder and madness.