Åsle Bog, which adjoins the village of Åsle and Åsle Tå, has left its mark on Sweden's history.
Albert of Mecklenburg was crowned king of Sweden in 1364. However, as time went on, the king made himself unpopular with the Swedish nobility and, in 1388, Queen Margaret of Denmark and Norway was appointed regent of Sweden and occupied the fortress of Axvall.
On the 24th of February 1389, the ice glistened on Åsle Bog. King Albert had reached the village of Åsle. High up in Leaby, in the shadow of the mighty Ålleberg mountain, a Swedish/Danish army led by Nils Svarteskåning lay in wait.
The king was confident of victory, eager to fight and impatient. When the orders were given, Albert's men attacked, dashing forward over the ice. But the winter had not been sufficiently cold. The heavily laden horses went through the ice, some of Albert's troops panicked and fled and disaster was inevitable. King Albert and his son Eric were captured and were not released until 1395. Albert returned to Mecklenburg where he remained duke until he died in 1412.
This victory by "King Trouserless", as Queen Margaret was known by her adversary, paved the way for the Kalmar Union, which brought Sweden, Norway and Denmark together in a single kingdom.
It is thought that the Battle of Åsle was the last time the Knights of Ålleberg were seen. Twelve unknown knights are alleged to have fought in the battle on the side of the Queen. Legend has it that they are sleeping in a huge cave deep in the mountain and that they are always at the ready to defend the area whenever it is in danger.
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