Gustav II Adolf
Life period: 1594–1632
During King Gustav II Adolf's reign, the state administration was modernised in partnership with Chancellor Axel Oxenstierna. Sweden joined the Thirty Years' War, and when the king was killed at Lützen in 1632, his daughter and heir to the throne – Kristina – was just five years old.Read more about Gustav II Adolf
Maria Eleonora of Brandenburg
Reign period: 1620–1632 Life period: 1599–1655
Queen Mary and Gustav II Adolf had four children. Three died in infancy, and Kristina became queen. The dowager queen's relationship with her daughter's regency was marked by contradictions.