Review: Kristina, the Girl King (Carolyn Meyer)

Read-a-thon review #21

I enjoyed this Royal Diaries book about Sweden in the 1630’s. I didn’t know anything of the country’s history despite the family connection on my dad’s side, so it was interesting to fill part of the gap in my knowledge.

In her diary, covering mainly her 12th year, Kristina explains that her father, King Gustav II Adolf, desperately wanted a son to become heir to his kingdom. Upon her birth, he declared that she would be treated as a boy, raised as a prince, and someday become King of Sweden. She describes learning from the finest tutors, engaging in fencing and horseback riding, and being schooled in the laws and practices of the Swedish government. She is intellectually curious and takes her role as prince-in-training seriously.


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