Born on November 24, 1655, in Stockholm, Sweden, Charles XI ascended to the throne as a child, with a regency council ruling for more than a decade. He allied himself with France's Louis XIV and wed Denmark's Ulrika Eleonara, uniting the countries. Known also for the 1679 Treaty of Lund, Charles reduced nobility power to increase his sovereignty. He died on April 5, 1697, and was succeeded by Charles XII.
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