Jakob Ulvsson

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The Most Reverend
Jacob Ulfsson
Archbishop of Uppsala
Primate of Sweden
Church Roman Catholic
Archdiocese Uppsala
Appointed 18 December 1469
In office 1470-1515
Predecessor Jöns Bengtsson Oxenstierna
Successor Gustav Trolle
Consecration 15 April 1470
by Šimun Vosić
Rank Archbishop
Personal details
Born 1430s
Uppland Sweden
Died 1521
Nationality Swede

Jakob Ulvsson (died in the spring of 1521) was Archbishop of Uppsala, Sweden, 1469–1515 and the founder of Uppsala University.

Jakob Ulvsson came from a noble family background in Uppland and studied at the universities in Rostock (where he got a Bachelor of Arts in 1458/1459) and Paris (magister 1460).

He spent the years 1465–1470 in Rome and was meanwhile appointed Canon of Uppsala in 1465 and Archdeacon of Växjö in 1468. Despite King Karl Knutsson wanting to make one of his own relatives Archbishop of Uppsala, Jakob Ulvsson was appointed achbishop by the pope in 1469 and ordained in Rome in 1470, after which he returned to Uppsala.

In the conflicts between the Danish king Christian I of Denmark and the Swedish regent Sten Sture, Jakob took a mediating position, trying as far as possible to avoid open warfare, especially in Uppland. After Sten Sture's victory in the Battle at Brunkeberg in 1471, the situation stabilized and Jakob participated in the work of the privy council. He is usually regarded is the main initiator of the university in Uppsala, which was founded after having received papal approval in the form of a bull of Sixtus IV dated February 27, 1477. Jakob Ulvsson was also appointed first chancellor of the university.

His good relations with Sten Sture later deteriorated with the regent's generally worsened relations to the rest of the council, and the archbishop spent a large part of the time in his fortress Stäket. In 1497, he and the rest of the council accepted king Hans as king of Sweden.

He resigned from the archbishopric in 1515. He remained in Sweden until his death in 1521.

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