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Christina of Sweden
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(Dec 8, 1626, Stockholm – Apr 19, 1689, Rome), the only child of Gustav II Adolf, acceeded in 1644 (Thirty Years War). After a personal and religious crisis, Christina abdicated in 1654 and converted to Catholicism. She moved to Rome, whence she traveled on long journeys throughout Europe. An educated woman, she was in contact with many European scholars and artists; in 1649, she summoned R. Descartes to the Swedish court. Even though Christina sympathized with libertine ideas for a long period, in her later years she came to a profound, mystica…

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Jakubowski-Tiessen, Manfred, “Christina of Sweden”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 May 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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