Nordic Seven-year War 1563 - 70
war mostly consisted in cruel vandalizing of regions at both sides of
the border. Of larger and important aggressive incidents not much
happened. The Danish conquered Elfsborg, Swedens only castle by
Their excellent army leader, The Holstein Daniel Rantzau, won a
honorable victory over a far larger Swedish army by Axtorna in Halland
1565, and later carried out a looting raid all the way into Řster Götland.
But although Denmark overall had superior force, it did not win any
entirely decisive victory.
At sea Danes were led by men as Herluf Trolle and Otto Rud and fought
a couple of times successfully, but the Swedish navy was much stronger
and soon became the superior force, so that it even went into The
Sound and collected the costum duties.
When both contries were exhausted by the war, the peace was agreed in
Stettin, and everything became again like it was before, only Denmark
got some money for handing over Elfsborg, and Sweden cancelled its
claim on having Gulland.
Frederik 2nd had far from managed to subdue Sweden, which
was his real goal, but he had, however, won a honorable peace, and his
reputation abroad had grown. The most sad effect from The Seven-year
War was however the hate, which it caused in The North, and which
still gave reason for new wars the next 150 years.