Handbook for Travellers in Sweden. 4th,5th Ed

Handbook for Travellers in Sweden. 4th,5th Ed

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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. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ... when Broinsebaek, between Smaland and Bleking, was the frontier of the kingdom. It has stood 11 sieges, and witnessed many other memorable events. By whom it was originally founded no one knows; but already in Birger Jarl's time it was the residence of his son Eric, Duke of Smaland. Fief and title afterwards devolved on Eric, son of Magnus I.; Eric, son of Magnus LL, and Eric, son of Gustavus I. Here, in 1132, Skane, Halland, and Bleking, were acquired for Sweden, though afterwards lost again through the pusillanimity of Magnus II.; and here, on 20th July, 1397, was signed, and in 1438 and 1482 confirmed, that celebrated Act of Union between the Northern kingdoms which, spite of all, would not hold them together. Many indignities, as well as calu mities, has that famous old castle undergone. Gustavus III. turned it into a distillery, a trade then monopolised by the crown, and the reputed Hall of Union became the still-room, the throne of queen Margaret having previously been disposed of for a few dollars. Gustavus IV. converted it into a granary. On the chief tower, where of old a large gilt globe had shone far over land and sea, an ignoble windmill was erected, but afterwards taken down again. It was reserved for king Oscar to rescue what remained of this venerable pile, and commence the restoration of its interior, which has since been continued, though slowly. The bedroom of Eric XIV., panels and doors decorated with inlaid work by liis own hands, is again seen as it was, and two other large rooms, exhibiting art-devices of the 16th centy., are in progress. Steamers two or three times a week to Oscarshamn, Westervik, Stockholm (in about 24 hrs.); Norrkoping (in 18 hrs.); Lubeck (in 24 hrs.); Copenhagen (in 24 to 30 lira.), calling at...show more

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  • Paperback | 100 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236629701
  • 9781236629708