Christina Queen of Sweden: The Restless Life of a European Eccentric

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The groundbreaking biography of one of the most progressive, influential and entertaining women of the seventeenth century, Christina Alexandra, Queen of Sweden. In 1654, to the astonishment and dismay of her court, Christina Alexandra announced her abdication in favour of her cousin, Charles. Instrumental in bringing the Thirty Years War to a close at the age of 22, Christina had become one of the most powerful monarchs in Europe. She had also become notorious for her extravagant lifestyle. Leaving the narrow confines of her homeland behind her, Christina cut a remarkable path across Europe. Despite political vacillations and a lifelong refusal to restrain her appetites, she ended her days in Rome relatively free from disfavour and financial strife.

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‘A stunning debut and an absorbing page-turner. Veronica Buckley writes with immense style, vitality and great humanity. As compelling as the most riveting of novels.' Alison Weir

‘Her book is much less a debut than the highly polished work of a writer who has been thinking about and loving her subject for years, and her enjoyment in the writing of Queen Christina’s life is wonderfully translated into our pleasure in reading it.’ Stella Tillyard, Sunday Times

‘Veronica Buckley has a flair for description and relates this extraordinary life with sympathy and engaging panache.’ John Adamson, Sunday Telegraph

‘This is a splendidly robust and colourful account of a remarkable woman and the turbulent age in which she lived. Astonishingly, this is Veronica Buckley’s first book. May she write many more.’ Philip Ziegler, Daily Telegraph

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Veronica Buckley was born in New Zealand. She has worked in diverse fields from music to the oil industry, and now lives in Paris with her husband,
writer Philipp Blom. This is her first book.

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