Charles the Twelfth, King of Sweden

Charles the Twelfth, King of Sweden

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Charles the Twelfth, King of Sweden

Charles the Twelfth, King of Sweden

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The author of this chronicle, Carl Gustafson Klingspor , was born in Stockholm in 1665, and lived until his seventy-eighth year, or to 1742. Like his father before him, he entered the household of the King as a mere lad, serving in his early teens as page to Charles XI, and as an officer as soon as he was old enough to wield a sword and sit a horse decently. From his several travels in the retinue of Swedish ambassadors, his wide-awake and impressionable mind gained an early development and a wider vision of men and affairs than usually fell to the lot of young noblemen educated at the Scandinavian courts of his day. His sensitive temperament, and sunny, responsive nature as well as his gallant, dashing qualities had won him the confidence and affectionate friendship of several of the great soldiers and statesmen who, with the beginning of the reign of Charles the Twelfth, were shortly to pass from the stage.

The boy King, who had known in constant and friendly intimacy the young soldier of his father's court, naturally turned to him when entering upon his wars, and Klingspor rose through the years 1700-1709, from a lieutenant to a colonel, serving as a member of that most famous and glorious corps of Drabants. He took part in the landing in Denmark, and in the battles of Narva and the Düna. During the last cavalry charges at the latter, he was badly wounded in the thigh; but . . .

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