This year I decided to go historic in my reading (as you see from the reading list) and discover more about this city where I lived between 1968 and 1980.
I had the opportunity to vist an exhibition at the Blekinge museum on 'The Danish time in Blekinge' as well as an exhibition of the city in the 1800th century. This was the glorious time of the city. Furthermore, a guided tour by Michael Helgesson on 'Vanartigt kvinnfolk' (Vicious womenkind). He has gone through court protocols from the years 1787-88 and written a very interesting book on the common people living in the city at the time. The guided tour took us around the city and the houses where some of the people who ended up in court were living.
Kungar, drottningar, älskare och älskarinnor' (Kings, queens, lovers and mistresses)
|Anna Constantia von Brockdorff|
The saddest story is of one of August the Strong's mistresses Anna Constantia von Brockdorff. She was his mistress from 1704-13 and then he got tired of her. She did not want to go quietly and she had a paper where he had promised her marriage. However, that did not help and she was arrested and taken to Burg Stolpen where she spent the remaining 49 years of her life. By then August the Strong was dead since 32 years!
Historiens 100 viktigaste svenskar (The 100 Most Important Swedes in History)
A very interesting book which also gives a good background on Sweden's historic developments in various areas; kings and queens, science, art, literature, clergy and administration. For a list of all the 100 names please look here http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historiens_100_viktigaste_svenskar
I will only mention here the 10 top names and some other names which are known internationally:
1. Gustav Vasa (ca 1496-1560 King)
2. Astrid Lindgren (children's writer)
3. Axel Oxenstierna ( 1583-1654 Chancellor)
4. Alfred Nobel (1833 - 1896 Inventor)
5. Olof Palme (1927-1986 Politician)
6. Marcus Wallenberg (1899-1982 Bank Director)
7. Evert Taube (1890-1976 Song writer)
8. Lars Magnus Ericsson (1946-1926 Entrepreneur - Ericsson gsm today)
9. Carl XIV Johan (1763-1844 King; former Marshal of France under Napoleon before he became the King of Sweden)
10. Carl Larsson (1853-1919 Painter)
Holy Birgitta, August Strindberg, Ingvar Kamprad (IKEA), Ingmar Bergman, Carl von Linné, Selma Lagerlöf, Dag Hammarskjöld, Björn Borg, Raoul Walenberg, Ivar Kreuger, Lennart Nilsson (photographer), Greta Garbo, Alva and Gunnar Myrdal, Anders Celsius, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus (ABBA), Sven Hedin, Emanuel Swedenborg, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Gustaf de Laval, Kristina.