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Erik Haakansson Hand
Historical Figure
Nationality: Sweden
Date of Birth: c. 1593
Date of Death: August, 1632
Occupation: Soldier, Embassador
1632 series
POD: May, 1631
Appearance(s): 1634: The Bavarian Crisis
1636: The Saxon Uprising
1636: The Cardinal Virtues
Type of Appearance: Direct

Erik Haakansson Hand (sometimes spelled Eric), was the son of an illegitimate, but recognized, daughter of the Swedish king Erik XIV. As such, he was recognized as a cousin of Gustav II Adolf. He was an officer in the Swedish army, and was present at the Battle of Breitenfeld, the Battle of Rain, and the Battle of Alte Veste. At the Alte Veste, he was wounded and captured. While in captivity at Ingolstadt, he died of his wounds.

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Erik Haakansson Hand in 1632[]

In the new timeline created by Grantville's arrival in 1631, Erik Haakansson Hand was severely wounded and left for dead as the Swedish army swept into the Upper Palatinate following its victory at the Battle of Alte Veste. However, he recovered, though his right arm was crippled, and could not be straightened. Over the next five years, he learned to do most things (including shoot) left-handed, and put himself through an exercise regimen in an attempt to recover some function in his right arm.

Since he was firmly loyal to his cousin Gustavus, and was not able to serve in the field, he was used for "special assignments". In 1634, this found him in Amberg, helping to train the people who would train militias in the Upper Palatinate - and keeping an eye on Johan Banér.[4]

After Gustavus was incapacitated in October of 1635, Hand took it on himself to investigate the actions of Axel Oxenstierna and his faction. When Gustavus recovered, Hand informed him of Oxenstierna's unconstitutional actions. On February 27, 1636, in a tavern on the outskirts of Berlin, Hand and Gustavus confronted Oxenstierna. During the confrontation, Hand shot and killed Oxenstierna.