Christina, Queen of Sweden: The Restless Life of a European Eccentric

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Harper Collins, Sep 27, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages

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.

 

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Part of the “interesting women” reading list. There must have been high hopes for the daughter of Gustavus Adolphus (more correctly but more confusingly called “Gustav Adolf” in this book), but while ... Read full review

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I came to this book knowing the basic outline of Christina of Sweden's life but not the details - and what struck me was the role of gender in this 17th-century queen's life. Initially mistaken for a ... Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
5
DEATH OF A KING
22
THE LITTLE QUEEN
35
LOVE AND LEARNING
49
ACORN BENEATH AN OAK
63
PALLAS OF THE NORTH f 2
92
TRAGEDY AND COMEDY
106
THE ROAD TO ROME
135
FAIR WIND FOR FRANCE
204
OLD HAUNTS NEW HAUNTS 24
263
journeys END J 09
309
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Veronica Buckley was born in New Zealand. She studied in London and Oxford, where she did her postgraduate work on Christina Alexandra. She now lives in Paris with her husband, writer Philipp Blom. This is her first book.

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