RAZZ Pride Icons: Queen Christina of Sweden

When her father King Gustav II Adolph died in battle, a six year old Christina was elected queen. She took the throne in 1632 when she was 18, after receiving the typical education of a prince. She wore androgynous dress and opposed marriage and motherhood, instead drowning herself in education and politics. She even started Sweden’s first newspaper in 1650 and established peace for her nation in the 30 Years War (1618-1648), known as one of the most destructive conflicts in European history.

There has been much speculation on her sexuality and gender, with discussions surrounding her possibly intersex identity as well as her relationships with women. Most notoriously, Christina is linked with Countess Ebba Sparre, one of her ladies in waiting and royal “bed-fellow”, who she exchanged letters with containing sexual content.

Christina unexpectedly gave up her crown in 1654 at the age of 27, citing illness and the pressure of queendom as the reasoning (especially the obligation to marry and bear an heir). Leading up to her abdication though, Christina secretly converted to Catholicism, and left for Rome, where she could continue her education in the arts as a permanent guest of the Vatican.

Read More: The unconventional reign of Sweden’s queer Queen Christina – https://womenintheworld.com/2015/12/03/the-unconventional-reign-of-swedens-queer-queen-christina/ 

“The Girl King” tells the tale of Sweden’s queer Queen Christina and her lady love – https://www.afterellen.com/movies/453015-girl-king-tells-tale-swedens-queer-queen-christina-lady-love

Christina of Sweden (1626 –1689) – http://queerhistory.blogspot.com/2010/12/christina-of-sweden-1626-1689.html

Charlotte ‘Fozz’ Forrester

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