Our first “big” project of the year has arrived: Eminent Person! Is it bad that I’m torn between jumping with joy and locking myself in my room?
Anyway, I’ve decided to do Queen Kristina of Sweden for my eminent person.
Kristina is best known by a different name: the Girl King. When she was born, she was predicted to be a boy, and when she was a girl, her father refused to change the “prince” to “princess” on her birth certificate. He raised her as a son, and when he died when she was six, she was named successor to the throne. She refused to take her vows as queen, and instead took the ones for a king. She rode like a man, studied politics and philosophy with a passion, and refused to live a “proper” feminine lifestyle. She refused to marry and eventually abdicated the throne to her cousin, because she wanted to become a Roman Catholic and wanted to save her country from the scandal.
I’m hoping that by studying Kristina, I can understand and be inspired by how brave and courageous she was, and how intelligent an capable of running a country at the age of eighteen. I’m hoping she can teach me about self-respect and individuality.