The History of Charles XII King of Sweden
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The History of Charles XII King of Sweden

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Publication date: 1760 Notes: This is an OCR reprint. There may be typos or missing text. There are no illustrations or indexes.

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Paperback, 82 pages
Published February 12th 2012 by General Books (first published 1731)
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Henri Moreaux
Published in 1733 this is currently the oldest book in my library.

It is an interesting and captivating biography of Charles XII, King of Sweden. This line from the book is a good representation of his character: "[He] knew no other pleasure, but that of making Europe tremble".

The book starts with a brief introduction of Charles's parents and childhood then launches into a riveting historical record with Charles's coronation and the subsequent invasion of the Swedish Empire by an triple alliance...more
Riktigt kul att läsa historia om personer av personer från deras egen tid. Den här boken skrevs 1731 och Karl XII dog 1718. En spännande tanke är ju att en världsberömd författare och filosof intresserade sig för en svensk kung, men så var också Sverige ett viktigare land i Europa på den tiden.
I really enjoyed this, Charles XII comes across as a headstrong and talented individual with a stubborn streak about a mile wide. Entertaining and informative.
Fun when young. Compared with Voltaire's book on the age of Louis XIV this is a simple undistinguished narrative history. Not critical, but entertaining. Reading it one wouldn't have guessed that the same man also wrote Candide.

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I love, love, love, love, love Voltaire in my heart of hearts, but! I'm not a Swedish history major, so...
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I plan to have a month of re-reads once TBR Busting has been cracked, and this, is top of the list!

Introduction by R M Hatton

Opening: Sweden and Finland compose a kingdom about two hundred of our leagues broad and three hundred long. It extends from south to north from roughly latitude 55° to latitude 70°, and has a rigorous climate with almost no spring or autumn.
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