SWEDEN: Sigvard's Darling

A King's chief stock-in-trade is heirs. There was a time when long-legged Gustaf, King of Sweden and of the Goths and Wends, was more plentifully supplied with heirs than any other monarch in all Europe. He had two sons and five grandsons, hardy scions of Napoleon's General Bernadotte. In reserve to bulwark his line, he had three brothers. But these princes seemed to have a family failing for marrying commoners. Brother Oscar went first, for love of a lady-in-waiting, after renouncing his right of succession. His son Folke went next, for...

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