On­this Day...

De­cem­ber 8

The Freeman - - LIFESTYLE -

In 1626, tomboy

Queen Christina of

Swe­den was born, the only child of the coun­try’s war­rior hero,

Gus­tavus Adol­phus.

She loved to shock peo­ple, swore like a trooper, and usu­ally wore men’s cloth­ing.

At her court she was sur­rounded by artists and schol­ars, and caused the frail philoso­pher

Descarte’s death by de­mand­ing tu­ition at five o’clock on freez­ing cold morn­ings. When she was only 28 she sud­denly ab­di­cated and left Swe­den “shout­ing with joy.” In Rome she be­came a Catholic and pestered the life out of three suc­ces­sive popes. When a car­di­nal up­set her, she fired a can­non at his door! Although she’s of­ten de­scribed as a lib­er­tine and ac­cused of nu­mer­ous af­fairs with both men and women, the chances are that this no­to­ri­ous queen died a vir­gin.

─ from To­day’s The Day! by Jeremy Bea­dle (Signet)

QUEEN CHRISTINA OF SWE­DEN(wikimedia.org)

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