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National history at Örbyhus
It was under dramatic circumstances in December 1574 that Erik XIV was taken from the national jail in Västerås to Örbyhus in Uppland. The transfer was undertaken in all haste and was a political move by Johan III, since there had been several attempts to set free the dethroned King Erik during the same year.

At that time Örbyhus was in a pitiful condition and the tower itself had no roof, but nevertheless it became known in Swedish history as the unfortunate king’s last refuge. In February 1577 Erik was poisoned to death by his half-brother, Johan. Modern historic research has established that the poison used was arsenic.

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