The King Of Sweden, Suffered Through A Sleepless Night Essay

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For the first time in his adult life, Axel Oxenstierna, Chancellor of Sweden, suffered through a sleepless night. On November 6, 1632, Gustav II Adolf (also known as Gustavus Adolphus, the Latinized version of his name), the king of Sweden, fell during the Battle of Lutzen, part of the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) being fought by Sweden, France, and their allies against the Holy Roman Empire, and its allies. While Gustav had an heir in his daughter Christina, she was only 6 years old at the time of her father’s death, and could not take power to the throne until her 18th birthday, per the Swedish laws of primogeniture. She was, however, officially crowned while yet a girl of 6, due to Sweden’s rule of law requiring a vote of the estates for any new king, as even Christina was called.
A humorous episode occurred with this vote, as a representative of the Lower Estate, identified by Veronica Buckley as a Lars Larsson, demanded to see the young princess before a vote could be taken, as he and others were anxious of voting for a girl to be “king”. When Christina was found and brought before the Riksdag, the vote to crown her was unanimous, as all in attendance were awed at the unmistakable resemblance to her father Gustav. This serves to illustrate the precarious situation in which all parties of the Swedish government found themselves after Lutzen, as none had given much credence to the idea that their beloved king would die so suddenly (save himself). Nevertheless, Sweden’s…

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