089 Forecast: Fog
The Scandinavian History Podcast
by Mikael Shainkman
2d ago
1632 was a year of victories and triumphs for the Swedes. They moved through the Holy Roman Empire capturing everything in their way. In the fall, they were back where they had started a year earlier, on a muddy field outside Leipzig, ready to fight a new Imperial army ..read more
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088 Breitenfeld
The Scandinavian History Podcast
by Mikael Shainkman
2w ago
In September 1631, the Swedish and the Imperial armies finally stood face to face. The battle took place just north of Leipzig, close to the village of Breitenfeld. It turned out to be the ultimate test for the new Swedish military tactics ..read more
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085 The Emperor's War
The Scandinavian History Podcast
by Mikael Shainkman
2M ago
Encouraged by his success in the war against Sweden, Christian IV decided to get involved in the developing conflict in the Holy Roman Empire. He was convinced that a military genius like him would be able to save his Protestant coreligionists from the Catholic threat ..read more
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084 The Kalmar War
The Scandinavian History Podcast
by Mikael Shainkman
2M ago
Christian IV of Denmark wanted to prove that he was a proper king. So he started a war against Sweden to win glory and, hopefully, reestablish the Kalmar Union ..read more
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083 Worst Uncle Ever
The Scandinavian History Podcast
by Mikael Shainkman
3M ago
When John III died, his son Sigismund took over as king of Sweden. Sigismund was already king of Poland, so he already had some relevant experience. Still, there were two problems: Sigismund was a Catholic, and his uncle Karl really wanted the crown ..read more
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082 Catholic Comeback
The Scandinavian History Podcast
by Mikael Shainkman
3M ago
As soon as the war with Denmark was over, Sweden got itself involved in a new conflict with Russia. The war started because king John refused to give up his wife or Estonia to the Russians. He also refused to accept the Reformation ..read more
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081 Coup d'État
The Scandinavian History Podcast
by Mikael Shainkman
4M ago
In 1568, Erik XIV of Sweden had never felt better. He had recovered from his temporary madness, he had chased off an invading Danish army and he had married the woman he loved. The future looked bright. At least if you weren’t looking too closely ..read more
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080 Murder Madness
The Scandinavian History Podcast
by Mikael Shainkman
4M ago
In the spring of 1567, Erik XIV had a bit of a breakdown. The war was going poorly, and his spies and his trusted advisor Jöran Persson were feeding him information about a conspiracy among the nobility. The king decided that something needed to be done ..read more
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079 Seven Years of War
The Scandinavian History Podcast
by Mikael Shainkman
5M ago
The Nordic Seven Years’ War lasted (spoiler!) seven years. The war ended when the combatants ran out of steam and money. There was no clear winner. There were, however, plenty of clear losers ..read more
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078 Kings, Cousins, Rivals
The Scandinavian History Podcast
by Mikael Shainkman
5M ago
In the early 1560s, two inexperienced but ambitious monarchs had succeeded their fathers on the Danish and Swedish thrones. They happened to be cousins, but that didn’t stop them from spoiling for a fight over Scandinavian supremacy ..read more
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