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June 6 – Today in Hat History

June 6 – Today in Hat History

on Jun 6, 2015

June 6 – Today in Hat History
Queen Christina of Sweden


Queen Christina was considered the most intelligent and cultured European monarch of her day.  Fond of dressing like a man, she never had the desire to marry.


From Wikipedia

Christina (18 December December 8, 1626 – April 19, 1689 was queen regnant of Sweden from 1632 to 1654, with the titles of Queen of the Swedes, Goths and Wends; Grand Princess of Finland, and Duchess of Estonia, Livonia and Karelia, Bremen-Verden, Stettin, Pomerania, Cassubiaand Vandalia, Princess of Rugia, Lady of Ingria and of Wismar.

Christina was the only surviving legitimate child of King Gustav II Adolph and his wife Maria Eleonora of Brandenburg. At the age of six she succeeded her father on the throne upon his death at the Battle of Lützen, and began ruling when she reached the age of 18.

Christina is remembered as one of the most educated women of the 1600s. She was fond of paintings, books, manuscripts, and sculptures. With her interest in religion, philosophy, mathematics and alchemy, she attracted many scientists to Stockholm, wanting the city to become the “Athens of the North”. She was intelligent, fickle and moody; she rejected the sexual role of a woman. She caused a scandal when she decided not to marry  and in 1654 when she abdicated her throne. She changed her name to Kristina Augusta Wasa and converted to Roman Catholicism, adopting the name Christina Alexandra.


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