Christina of Sweden, aka the Girl King, is one of the most famous monarchs of Sweden. Her memory lives in both fame and infamy. She was... complicated.
Is it a boy or a girl? Initially, Christina was mistaken for a male at birth, causing her Mom (Maria Eleonora of Brandenburg) to take some really drastic steps to communicate her frustration with her. But it wasn't all trauma. Dad (King Gustavus II Adolphus), on the other hand, loved and adored her and eventually had her educated and trained as a male heir would be, setting Christina up for success as the Queen of Sweden.
Christina of Sweden was a progressive woman of the people who fought for equality among her subjects, as best one could in the 1600s. She ended the 30-Year War with Poland that killed her father while having a romantic relationship with her female Bedfellow, a relationship still debated to this day.
Pairs best with the Christina of Sweden Cocktail (we invented this one ourselves, and we love it! [00:02:00] for the recipe).
Queen Christina’s story includes:
Jekyll and Hyde parental figures
Romantic female relationship
Impressively tactile politics
Must listen Moments:
[00:23:00] He finally was like, look, you have a daughter. Apparently, what he said is, she's tricked us all. She's gonna be really clever. I love this about him. I love that. That is so cool. That is so refreshing that he was just like, this, this is my daughter.
[00:24:00] Yeah. Her mother, again, like her mother just resents her and it's just this bad look, so her mother may have. Tried to kill her once or twice.
[00:55:30] I think they were definitely lovers. That's a Queen's podcast official statement - that we think they were lovers. A lot of people have speculation one way or the other, letters between the two survive, that feel like love letters.
A fun source we used:
Want more Christina of Sweden? Listen to part 2.
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lol, tell me you're from Texas without telling me you're from Texas
great episode. couple of editing issues
I really want to love this, but it's a little all over the place. I'd love a little more narrative cadence.
hi, just letting you know that as her surname is spelled Bathroy in the title, if you are a sicko like me and searching for Elizabeth Bathory as a subject, it doesn't come up. I had to find you guys accidentally!! Thanks, Sarah
Do you plan on doing an Elizabeth I episode? Just finished Mary Queen of Scots- amazing!
of course they hated her in life but loved her in death :(
Holy Roman Empire aka HRE is what's left of Charlemagne's empire which was seen as the Roman empire reborn basically by Charlemagne basically conquered/ united western Europe. Anyway by this time HRE is basically Germany and the countries that border it except for France and Italy
have you listened to the Rasputin episode of Assassination's Podcast? fascinating