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[ Read Online Kristina: The Girl King, Sweden, 1638 × climate-change-fiction PDF ] by Carolyn Meyer õ I read at the end of this book in the historical notes that Kristina is one of the most talked about rulers next to Cleopatra but to be honest I had never heard anything about her until I read this book I think that says quite a lot about the teaching of history in these here United States I really liked that she was such an educated young lady and that she actually WANTED to learn Most young ladies during her time had no other interest than to get married and have children She also showed great consideration for all of those around her With that being said I must admit that I was upset to learn that she abdicated the thrown after only four years Her father had given her every advantage to learn and become a just and wise ruler I think her abdication was incredibly selfish I don t believe she was thinking about her people and what would happen to them when she left I also don t think she thought about the fact that her families rule would end with her I understand that most people would make the point that she should have the right to do what she wants but sometimes you must sacrifice yourself for the betterment of your country and your people.
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She ll be clever, she has made fools of us all Gustav Adolf, Kristina s father Setting Sweden 1638 1639Coverly Love Yes Another beautiful illustrated cover by Tim O Brien But is it just me, or does the Kristina on the cover look a LOT older than 11 12 She looks like a 15 16 year old girl Plot Growing up, Kristina has been preparing to become the next ruler of Sweden, As her parent s only living child, she is expected to take her father s place on the throne of the massive Swedish empire However, instead of preparing to be the next queen of Sweden, her father has instructed her teachers and advisors to prepare her to be the next king Yes, you read that right king Unfortunately for her, she is thrust into this role far too soon when her father dies when she is six Too young to rule by herself, her trusted advisors and counselors rule in her stead All the while, she is given the best education possible and instructed in subjects normally only given to princes Under the guidance of her beloved aunt Katrina, her fun loving cousins and her Papa Matthiae , Kristina is slowly being groomed to rule Sweden on her own Will she be fully capable of ruling the country by herself, especially since she has no intentions of marrying or having children Can she be the Girl King everyone expects her too This book holds a special place in my heart, because it was the first Royal Diary book I ever read I was in 6th grade and something about the title and the cover caught my attention Turns out, it would be the start of a long and fruitful relationship with the Royal Diaries, Dear America, My Name is America, and My America series It also started my love affair with historical fiction With this book, I dived in head first and never looked back, so to speak This diary follows the eleven year old Kristina throughout one year of her life, showcasing her struggles to get along with her mentally ill mother and the expectations of her counsel for her to get married and produce an heir, something she flatly refuses to think about Her trailblazing and feminist ideas make her a standout in a world where the only purpose women seem to have is to get married and bear children, and women were not deemed fit to rule a country Kristina smashed all those ideas and made new rules of her own, which is why she is so fascinating to read about Characters Kristina was not your average princess or should I say ruler, since she s technically monarch here, even though she s not of age While most princesses would be busy with needlepoint, painting and other activities deemed suitable for a woman, Kristina was taking fencing lessons, riding lessons, and practicing four languages She preferred trousers and boots to dresses and heels, detested having her portrait painted, and absolutely would not even consider the possibility of getting married or having children Some people might see this portrayal of Kristina as her being an immature child who is just being impetuous, but I happened to like Kristina s pluck and determination She s not one to follow others orders she marches to the beat of her own drum, no matter how far fetched and scandalous her ideas may be Unfortunately, poor Kristina has to be stuck with the most horrid of mothers Maria Eleanora may or not be justifiably insane, and alternately smothers Kristina with attention and criticizes her every move the next The poor child can t do anything right in her mother s eyes She can t wait to get rid of Kristina and has never gotten over the disappointment of having a girl, yet can t stand it when her only child is taken away from her Thankfully, Kristina is blessed to have a wonderful aunt, Katrina, whom Kristina looks up to as a second mother I loved Katrina and her warm, loving personality, which is a stark but welcome contrast to her sister in laws Kristina s closest friends are also her cousins Karl, Eleanore, Marie Euphrosyne and Adolf The three oldest cousins are particularly close to her, although she finds Marie and Eleanore silly at times I didn t become particularly attached to any of them, to be honest Other than be her friends and technically foster siblings , they added nothing to the story, except to show how little intellect they have compared to Kristina Kristina s advisors, Johannes Matthiae and Axel Oxenstierna are wise men who help Kristina rule until she comes of age Unlike most advisors to rulers who really don t want what s best for their charges kingdom only themselves , Matthiae and Oxenstierna truly feel that Kristina will be a good an capable ruler, and make logical decisions on her behalf Thankfully, one of those decisions is to NOT have Kristina raised by her mother, which I forsee would have been a huge catastrophe They also don t undermine her or sugarcoat anything just because she s a woman They honor her father s wishes that she be raised to become the future king not queen Pros Before this series, if someone had asked me about Kristina, I would have stared at you like a doo doo and asked who the hell they were talking about The beauty about this series is that it introduces young readers to famous royal figures they probably never would have heard about in their regular history class Heck, my grandmother is Swedish and SHE D never even heard of Kristina So it was nice to learn about my heritage as well It was also nice to read about a ruler who was happy to have a daughter instead of torturing the child over the years with the fact that they weren t the son they always wanted Kristina s father, though he never made an appearance in the book, was clearly an awesome person Cons This may not bother other readers, but it kind of bothered me Karl is clearly in love with Kristina Only problem is that he s 16, she s 11 For some reason, I found this to be a little icky My goodness, he s almost an adult and she s a child Love Triangle Nope Instalove Nope A Little Romance There was no actual romance in the book, but Karl s unrequited love for her is predominate in the story Now, there are two problems with this scenario First of all, Kristina has no interest in marrying her or anyone at all, for that matter Secondly Karl is 16 years old Kristina is 11 11.
Good heavens, a sixteen year old should not be romantically interested in an eleven year old Bleh Thankfully, the romantic interest is one sided Conclusion In the epilogue of the book, the author states that Kristina is the second most talked about queen in history, right behind Cleopatra I don t quite agree with this statement, but this book does a wonderful job of bringing to light a little known queen to young readers She was a fiercely independent, highly intelligent young woman who knew what she wanted and went for it, even if it meant sacrificing her power and prestige in the process Although this book takes place during a short period of her life, readers might better understand this enigmatic, fascinating figure that has largely been forgotten in modern history read This Honestly, any of The Royal Diaries books are a treat to read I would especially recommend them for girls who are 9 12 It s a great way to introduce them to history.
I read at the end of this book in the historical notes that Kristina is one of the most talked about rulers next to Cleopatra but to be honest I had never heard anything about her until I read this book I think that says quite a lot about the teaching of history in these here United States I really liked that she was such an educated young lady and that she actually WANTED to learn Most young ladies during her time had no other interest than to get married and have children She also showed great consideration for all of those around her With that being said I must admit that I was upset to learn that she abdicated the thrown after only four years Her father had given her every advantage to learn and become a just and wise ruler I think her abdication was incredibly selfish I don t believe she was thinking about her people and what would happen to them when she left I also don t think she thought about the fact that her families rule would end with her I understand that most people would make the point that she should have the right to do what she wants but sometimes you must sacrifice yourself for the betterment of your country and your people.
Kristina, Girl King 0 439 24976 7As much as I love the Princess Diaries, I particularly enjoy those which feature princesses about which I know absolutely nothing Kristina was one of these mystery princesses, for despite her unusual solo rule over her tiny kingdom, I had not heard of her previously in my history classes Unfortunately, as fascinating as this princess is, I can t help but feel that the author missed a superb opportunity for introspection, and the story suffers for it.
A great deal of Kristina reads less like a diary and like a narrative Kristina does not waste much time recording her thoughts so much as recording daily events So, for instance, she will record her unusual and scandalous behavior of dressing up secretly like a boy and riding astride instead of side saddle her horse, and she will record how enjoyable the experience was I ll never ride side saddle again , but she does not reflect much further on this line of thought, to wonder perhaps why a ruler cannot wear whatever they like or ride however they please, if that ruler is female Kristina is frustrated, and rightfully so, that she must prove herself daily in ways that a boy would not have to, but she never considers why this must be so, or even suggests that this double standard is unfair This is particularly jarring in her treatment of women in the novel Kristina does not wish to be as good as a man, or to be treated as though she were a man i.
e.
, with respect and disobedience Rather, she wants to be a man, largely because she has internalized in the author s imagination, at least the message that women are weak and worthless creatures As such, she uses her diary to heap scorn and derision on her female peers for choosing embroidery to sword fighting, without considering such basic and obvious details such that Kristina s wealth and position places her in a unique position to pursue these manly pursuits Kristina does not consider that she may pursue these hobbies relatively unmolested, but that her lady companions would be considered damaged and unsuited for marriage, condemned to a life of living in her father s home, derided for being a leach on the family s resources Where other Princess Diaries have used this disparity between what they are allowed to do and what their peers are allowed to do in order to highlight the class and gender boundaries in their society, Kristina wastes this opportunity to simply record again and again how much she despises all women in general This makes for rather uninteresting reading at times, because we feel that Kristina is too myopic to provide an interesting viewpoint for her society, and I m not sure that this is a good message for young women, who already feel an enormous amount of pressure from our society that girl pursuits are frivolous and worthless.
In the end, I enjoyed Kristina well enough, in spite of its flaws, because her situation is so very unique and fascinating, but I did find myself wishing that this compelling princess had been portrayed by, perhaps, a different author Ana Mardoll Kristina, Girl King 0 439 24976 7As much as I love the Princess Diaries, I particularly enjoy those which feature princesses about which I know absolutely nothing Kristina was one of these mystery princesses, for despite her unusual solo rule over her tiny kingdom, I had not heard of her previously in my history classes Unfortunately, as fascinating as this princess is, I can t help but feel that the author missed a superb opportunity for introspection, and the story suffers for it.
A great deal of Kristina reads less like a diary and like a narrative Kristina does not waste much time recording her thoughts so much as recording daily events So, for instance, she will record her unusual and scandalous behavior of dressing up secretly like a boy and riding astride instead of side saddle her horse, and she will record how enjoyable the experience was I ll never ride side saddle again , but she does not reflect much further on this line of thought, to wonder perhaps why a ruler cannot wear whatever they like or ride however they please, if that ruler is female Kristina is frustrated, and rightfully so, that she must prove herself daily in ways that a boy would not have to, but she never considers why this must be so, or even suggests that this double standard is unfair This is particularly jarring in her treatment of women in the novel Kristina does not wish to be as good as a man, or to be treated as though she were a man i.
e.
, with respect and disobedience Rather, she wants to be a man, largely because she has internalized in the author s imagination, at least the message that women are weak and worthless creatures As such, she uses her diary to heap scorn and derision on her female peers for choosing embroidery to sword fighting, without considering such basic and obvious details such that Kristina s wealth and position places her in a unique position to pursue these manly pursuits Kristina does not consider that she may pursue these hobbies relatively unmolested, but that her lady companions would be considered damaged and unsuited for marriage, condemned to a life of living in her father s home, derided for being a leach on the family s resources Where other Princess Diaries have used this disparity between what they are allowed to do and what their peers are allowed to do in order to highlight the class and gender boundaries in their society, Kristina wastes this opportunity to simply record again and again how much she despises all women in general This makes for rather uninteresting reading at times, because we feel that Kristina is too myopic to provide an interesting viewpoint for her society, and I m not sure that this is a good message for young women, who already feel an enormous amount of pressure from our society that girl pursuits are frivolous and worthless.
In the end, I enjoyed Kristina well enough, in spite of its flaws, because her situation is so very unique and fascinating, but I did find myself wishing that this compelling princess had been portrayed by, perhaps, a different author Ana Mardoll In her diary, covering mainly her 12th year, Kristina explains that her father, King Gustav II Adolf, desperately wanted a son to become heir to his kingdom Upon her birth, he declared that she would be treated as a boy, raised as a prince, and someday become King of Sweden She describes learning from the finest tutors, engaging in fencing and horseback riding, and being schooled in the laws and practices of the Swedish government She is intellectually curious and takes her role as prince in training seriously The story is full of tutoring sessions and frequent disputes with Kristina s combative mother However, the action lags somewhat and the pacing is often slow.
This diary reveals the Kristina most people ignore not the very masculine woman who gave up her throne to parade around Europe dressed as a man on a white stallion and for Catholicism, but the young misunderstood princess who was alone in the world and had a very difficult childhood as she prepared for her greatest role to be crowned king of Sweden In the early 1650s, Kristina renounced her crown because of her inclination to Catholicism since Sweden was and still is a dominantly Protestant country She moved to Rome, where she became a Catholic, and greatly contributed to art, literature, and music She died in 1689 following a long illness She is also known for never marrying, and she greatly admired the Virgin Queen Elizabeth I of England, who also never married.
Book Details Title Kristina The Girl King, Sweden, 1618 The Royal Diaries Author Carolyn MeyerReviewed By Purplycookie Not Carolyn Meyer s best or the best of the Royal Diaries series Queen Kristina has been the subject of movies and books, yet the only thing she does in this book is wear boys clothes and ride horses What did I learn from this book she wanted to be called king not queen, she didn t want to get married, and she hated her mother That s all read Elizabeth I Red Rose of the Tudors Much descriptive Granted this is a higher profile historical figure, but you will learn much about the time period.
I was rather put off by the cover, but this was actually quite good for giving a view into King Kristina of Sweden in all her complexity The end notes were solid as well Not bad for a book aimed at younger readers.
Kristina was an interesting historical figure and one of the rare women rulers who was given the throne without too much fuss Part of me is impressed that she was able to give way her throne and pursue the life that she wanted, but honestly I do feel a bit disappointed that she abdicated after wanting to be a good ruler for much of the book not the author s fault obviously just historical fact Still she was interesting and rebellious lady who was determined to live life by her own rules.
Um, can we talk about how freaking bad ass this female KING was How she was all, I m smart as hell I can fight and ride and fence I can be kind and righteous and just ruler More plot than most of the books Characters were much better than some.
of the others I loved that we only knew that Karl liked her because other people told her She was so absorbed in seeing him as a friend brother that she never picked up on feelings.
Interesting, quick, young adult read Read it on the plane on the way to Sweden She did live up to her word from the time she was 11 to never marry I liked that she did what SHE wanted to do, she never let others influence her to do otherwise.