On our tour, we went to the square where the Stockholm bloodbath took place.
The Stockholm Bloodbath, or the Stockholm massacre, took place as the result of a successful invasion of Sweden by Danish forces under the command of King Christian II. The bloodbath itself was a series of events taking place between 7-9 November 1520, climaxing on 8 November, when around 80-90 people (mostly nobility and clergy supporting the Sture party) were executed, despite a promise by King Christian for general amnesty.
Let this be yet another reminder of what politics it truly about – power. Power can become all-consuming – to the point where a person is willing to kill (either literally, or to kill someone’s reputation) in order to get it.
But power and those in power pass on – as all things do. When that happens, we can enjoy the fruits of peace and empowerment and move about freely without fear.