BernadotteFor Sweden, For All TimeHerman Lindqvist
Sweden’s best-loved historian charts the golden reign of a royal dynasty
2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the House of Bernadotte’s reign on the Swedish throne, longer than any other dynasty in written history. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia have ruled the Swedish monarchy longer than any of their predecessors.
The founder of the Swedish crown, French Marshall Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte came from a poor background before ascending the throne as ruler of Sweden and Norway. How strange is it then, that since his coronation, Sweden has been the only country in the world where the same family held the crown without interruption by wars or revolution, ruling a free people and an independent nation for two hundred years.
Personal, knowledgeable and incredibly entertaining, Herman Lindqvist recounts in this engaging new document of European royal history the story of the Bernadotte dynasty: the colourful men and women, successes and fiascos, feasts and everyday life of the court.