JEANBAPTISTE JULES BERNADOTTE

1763-1844

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The son of a tai­lor, Bernadotte rose through the ranks of the French mil­i­tary to be­come a Mar­shal of the Em­pire in 1804. But that wasn’t the high­est po­si­tion he held. Six years later, he was elected Crown Prince of Swe­den. The Swedes, un­der an heir­less king, de­sired a fu­ture ruler with close ties to Napoleon. Bernadotte threw him­self into the role, re­nounc­ing Catholi­cism and lead­ing an al­lied coali­tion against his na­tive land in 1813, aided by the mil­i­tary acu­men he had accumulated un­der Napoleon’s com­mand.

Bernadotte’s de­scen­dants still reign in Swe­den to­day

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