Christina, Queen of Sweden: The Restless Life of a European Eccentric
Not unlike the elusive figure played by Greta Garbo, the real Queen Christina stood among the most flamboyant and controversial figures of the seventeenth century. All of Sweden could not contain her ambition or quench her thirst for adventure. Freed from her crown, she cut a breathtaking path... show more
Not unlike the elusive figure played by Greta Garbo, the real Queen Christina stood among the most flamboyant and controversial figures of the seventeenth century. All of Sweden could not contain her ambition or quench her thirst for adventure. Freed from her crown, she cut a breathtaking path across Europe -- spending madly, seeking out a more majestic throne, and stirring up trouble wherever she went. With a dazzling narrative voice and unerring sense of the period, Veronica Buckley goes beyond historical myth to breathe life into an extraordinary woman who set the world on fire and became an icon of her age -- a time of enormous change when Europe stood at the crossroads of religion and science, antiquity and modernity, war and peace.This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
Publish date: September 27th 2005
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
, Biography Memoir
, European History
Haven't read much about her before so this was very interesting and well written. But I absolutely hated her. She was selfish and spoiled.
As with most European royal families, the Vasas were totally dysfunctional.Here we have a sad case of an ingrate and malcontent penile envier who showed great propensity for hubris, cruelty and disloyalty. Your average European ruler then! ETA - I have been investigating Calvins v Lutherans as it ca...
Christina became Queen of Sweden as a child and abdicated as a young woman. I absolutely hate her. She was a terrible queen and a selfish, pompous, spoiled woman. I was so pleased when she abdicated the throne so she could pursue her Grand Artistic Future, and doubly pleased when it turned out sh...