When the king died in 1632 Axel made the arrangements for the government that would rule in the young queen's place. The whole family Oxenstierna profited before the queen came of age as he gave his brother and cousin important positions within the kingdom. When the queen came to hold all the power she was entiteled Axel's power decreased. The queen abdicated in 1654, something Axel had worked against, and he died soon there after.
Axel's position in Swedish history is unique. Even though he might seem egoistic and powerhungry he truely thought that what was best for the nobility was also the best for the country that he served.
- Nationalencyklopedin http://www.ne.se/article/article.jsp?i_art_id=278251&originalURI=/axel-oxenstierna
- Wikipedia http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axel_Oxenstierna
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