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CHRISTINA Queen of Sweden - Letter Signed 1660 ordering an investigation

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CHRISTINA, Queen of Sweden (1626-1689)

Letter Signed (“Christina”) to Field Marshal Carl Gustaf Wrangel, ordering him to investigate irregularities in an estate after complaints over injustices.

1 page folio in Swedish with integral address leaf [mostly removed], Stockholm, 31 December 1650. 


Addressed to Carl Gustaf Wrangel, Governor of Pomerania, the Queen here orders him to investigate irregularities at the Polpewitz estate in Ruegen, as she has received complaints from Lord Berendt Klimkow and Lord Johan Pasow regarding injustices committed by the Governor’s overseer.
Wrangel had distinguished himself during the Thirty Years’ War as commander-in-chief of the Swedish army in Germany. The end of that brutal conflict saw part of Pomerania ceded to Sweden, to which it had already been allied nearly twenty years earlier before being occupied and ravaged during the course of the war.
The Queen signed this letter only two months after her coronation. Although she had succeeded to the throne in 1632 while still a child, and come of age when she turned 18 in 1644, the coronation ceremony itself was postponed until October 1650. She was to abdicate that throne less than four years later, converting to Catholicism and travelling, an exile from Sweden, to the Spanish Netherlands, France, and finally Rome. Her tomb in St. Peter’s in the Vatican is one of the most impressive in the basilica.
A complete transcript of the letter, in Swedish, is available.

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