The Counts' War breaks out over succession to Gotland and Helsingborg

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Historical Context Note

A disputed succession to the Danish throne leads to 'The Count's War'. On the death of King Frederick I, the Danish State Council refuses to accept his son Christian, who is a staunch Lutheran. Instead, they push the claim of Count Christopher of Oldenberg. In the ensuing war, Count Christopher appeared to have the most support, including an uprising of peasants in Jutland, as well as the allegiance of Lubeck and Holstein, but ultimately, with the aid of King Gustavus Vasa of Sweden, Christian won out, and was crowned Christian II.
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Editors. "The Counts' War breaks out over succession to Gotland and Helsingborg". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2010
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