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Christina, Queen of Sweden: The Restless Life of a European Eccentric
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060736186, Paperback)
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.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:52 -0400)
"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."--BOOK JACKET.
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