|A lovely, paper copy version of the old style!|
|Sophia Magdalena, considered a great|
beauty at the time
One of her great sorrows was that there was always a question on the legitimacy of her son. It took seven years for the couple to produce a child, the reason being that they did not know how to do it! Sophia was strictly and religiously brought up and together with her introverted character, and her not liking the merry court, made her less attractive in the eyes of the king. The king on his side was a rather feminine character, watched over like a hawk by his mother the Dowager Queen, who did not want any competition in influencing her son. Their were rumours that the king was a-, bi- or homosexual, already in those days, and he was definitely sexually immature.
This is only mentioned in a backward glance in the book, but it is a recurring moment of sadness for Sophia that people should doubt her. They got two sons, but the youngest died very young, which was also something that made her life sad. She can not have had a 'funny' life. In those days I guess they did not expect it, but still, some pleasures in life there should be. Sophia was all her life a dutiful queen who put the state and family first. It does not mean that she followed in everything that the king said and did, she was opposing him at times, which made him insecure and unstable. The letters between the two are very dear and loving so they seemed to have had a special love for each other, although so different.
|Gustav IV Adolf|
It was a big blow to Sophia when he abdicated because she, as a princess, knew the importance of continuing a royal line. However, she always looked for his happiness so was happy for him. She also had to see several crown princes appear and disappear until the government decided to offer 'the post' to the French marshal Jean Baptiste Bernadotte!
And so ends the Vasa royal family and in comes the Bernadotte royal family which is still on the Swedish throne today. Next in line will be Crown Princess Victoria who will be the first queen we have had in a long time! Her firstborn being a daughter, we will have another queen coming after her mother.
|The Crown Princess with husband and daughter|
I really liked this book. I thought it would be more 'stiff' being over 50 years old, but it was lovely written. The author, for sure has respect for her subject, and is adding to the story written letters and other documents that give us an insight into the persons and the times.