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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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Napoleon Bonaparte
Read this in Moscow, 1812.
Jan-Maat
Fun when young, though on reflection Charles XII is possibly not the role model that parents, save for the particularly violent kind, would wish for their child.

Charles the XII became king of Sweden as a teenager in 1697 and spent his reign at war until a musket ball brought his life to a close in 1718 (his excuse was that he didn't start it). Reading it one wouldn't have guessed that the same man also wrote Candide. Presumably if cash wasn't the motivating factor then perhaps a desire to please
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Jon
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First up, having read Robert Massie's excellent book on Peter the Great, I found this book presents a different perspective of Peter the Great, and of course Charles XII. It reinforced the account presented in that book of these two giants of the day. The book is an easy read, and the big print is a bonus if your eyes are not so good. Clearly Charles XII was a warrior king, more interested in conquering than consolidation of his empire. Ultimately he over stretched himself, and paid a high price ...more
Ilkka Poutanen
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting as a document of the author's thinking and the times, and doubly interesting as a portrait of a conflicted person and the power politics of the day. Has some very ponderous sections like the section that deals with the internal power struggles of the Ottoman court, and some ludicrous claims about the personal exploits of Peter the Great as a carpenter and shipbuilder, but it is interesting to read an author who has apparently personally met many of the people involved in the events.
Sianna Okaat
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
so much insight into the life of the king, its amazing, the writing is stunning. it is, however, going more into his war campaigns rather than his early years at court. for those i suggest reading The History of Charles XII by bowen
Bettie☯
Mar 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Posting on to Laura and Susanna xx
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Danne
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
one of the best and most insightful portraits of the Swedish king Karl XII
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
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Lisa Spoelstra
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Offering good insight into the life of one of Sweden's most famous kings, Voltaire's history was an enjoyable and educational experience. While the story is written in the style of an epic, and judged as a 'romantic' telling of Charles's life by many, I found that the author pays credit where credit is due, and did a good job of impartiality in his judgement of Charles; it's clear he holds this historical figure in veneration, but doesn't hold back in his criticisms of some of Charles's decision ...more
Bettie☯
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dissertation

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.
Laura
Apr 06, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chrissie, Susanna
Recommended to Laura by: Bettie
Mikael
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
krystal
Aug 12, 2013 marked it as on-hold  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: informative
I love, love, love, love, love Voltaire in my heart of hearts, but! I'm not a Swedish history major, so...
David
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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