Friday, January 29, 2016

Fact of the Day: King Gustav III

King Gustav III was King of Sweden from 1771-1792. During his reign, he dismissed parliament and ruled as an absolute monarch. That combined with a unpopular was against Russia, had led many to hate the King. He was shot during a masquerade ball, but survived for about 13 days. 

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  1. I guess if you're an absolute monarch, you're going to get all the blame.

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  2. Gustav 111 was an enigma - progressive in some way, repressive in others.
    However the USA should like him - under his rule Sweden was the first country in Europe to recognise the colonies of the USA in your war of Independence against Great Britain.
    B J Hunnicut aka Colin

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  3. I do love the combo of colours on his portrait. I had a cat named Gustav once

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  4. He must have been quite in pain in these 13 days!

    -Kati

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  5. Goes to show you can't have it your way all the time or you need better body guards

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  6. European history really is quite something else:D Such interesting characters...more so than soap opera ones, you know?

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  7. Nice Nordic detail! :) I was happy to notice that you found your way back to my blog!

    xxx
    E from Helsinki, Finland
    http://helsinkidragonfly.blogspot.fi/

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