Driftwood from Scandinavia

Driftwood from Scandinavia

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...rules half the world; of Burger-Jarl, who founded a city; of the great Vasa, who founded a nation; of the Lion-king, who fought and died for religious freedom; of the national hero and favourite Charles XII., who was master of Europe before he was twenty, and raged through victories to an early death--on to the present age, where we see with wonder how a French soldier of fortune has set his dynasty so firmly in the hearts of the people that his race at this moment is more loved and honoured than any other royal race in Europe, because when Sweden gave them a throne, they gave in return all the energy of their lives for the good and glory of Sweden, and rule through love, and not through fear. Cities are always interesting as the expression of a nation's life in stone and bronze and marble, and Stockholm is peculiarly rich in memories of the great Sviar race. Tradition tells the story of its foundation. Burger-Jarl, the great earl, being of royal blood, promised to build a city worthy of kings; so he flung a pine log into the Malar Lake, and made a vow that wherever it stopped he would build. Then he placed all his treasures in a boat, and followed the course of the pine log till it rested amongst the islands of the Malar and the Baltic, and there he builded a city, and called it Stockholm, the Island of the Stick. And the people in gratitude made his son king over Sweden, and Stockholm became the royal capital henceforth in place of Upsala. All the streets slope to the Baltic, and some are so steep that, ascending them, one feels like a fly going up a wall. This makes walking very fatiguing, especially over the rough pavement; but the air is singularly pure and exhilarating, and the compensations for exertion are endless in interest. The royal...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236540271
  • 9781236540270