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Christina, Queen of Sweden : the restless life of a European eccentric

Author: Veronica Buckley
Publisher: New York : Fourth Estate, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"She was born on a bitterly cold December night in 1626 and mistakenly declared a boy. On her father's death six years later she inherited the Swedish throne. She was educated as a prince, yet could eat and swear like the roughest soldier. She was painted a lesbian, a prostitute, a hermaphrodite and an atheist. She was learned but restless, progressive yet self-deceiving. Her leadership was erratic, her character
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Christina, Queen of Sweden; Christine, reine de Suède; Christina, Queen of Sweden; Königin) Christine (Schweden
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Veronica Buckley
ISBN: 0060736178 9780060736170 184115704X 9781841157047
OCLC Number: 55130452
Description: x, 370 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Genealogy --
Birth of a Prince --
Death of a King --
The Little Queen --
Love and Learning --
Acorn Beneath an Oak --
Warring and Peace --
Pallas of the North --
Tragedy and Comedy --
Hollow Crown --
The Road to Rome --
Abdication --
Crossing the Rubicon --
Rome at Last --
Love Again --
Fair Wind for France --
The Rising Sun --
Fontainebleau --
Aftermath --
Old Haunts, New Haunts --
Debacle --
Mirages --
Glory Days --
Journey's End.
Responsibility: Veronica Buckley.
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"She was born on a bitterly cold December night in 1626 and mistakenly declared a boy. On her father's death six years later she inherited the Swedish throne. She was educated as a prince, yet could eat and swear like the roughest soldier. She was painted a lesbian, a prostitute, a hermaphrodite and an atheist. She was learned but restless, progressive yet self-deceiving. Her leadership was erratic, her character unpredictable. No sooner had she enjoyed the lavish celebrations of her official coronation at 23, than she abdicated, converted to Catholicism and left her cold homeland behind for an extravagant new life in Rome."

"The life of Christina, Queen of Sweden is a European story on the grandest and most eccentric scale. Christina was a child of her time and her time was one of great change. Europe stood at a crossroads where religion and science, antiquity and modernity, peace and war all met. Christina stood at these crossroads too, stirring, astonishing, and dazzling all who met her."--Jacket.

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