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"Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte Enigma" Topic

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Jul 2018 11:09 a.m. PST

Interesting thread here…


And the question is still valid … why Bernadotte? … Maybe they thought it would be easy to get rid of him shortly? … because…. speaking with the truth … I do not find any interesting qualities from him to be a King … and I do not believe in the good treatment of the Swedish prisoners theory … for only that is not why a monarch is chosen … maybe… someone have paid good Swedish Crowns for that position? ….(smile)

Tried to read the full thread….


d88mm1940 Supporting Member of TMP12 Jul 2018 3:05 p.m. PST

Why are you curious? Are you looking to become a king somewhere? [grin]

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Jul 2018 10:35 a.m. PST

I do not see many opportunities to be King … for the moment (smile)

Let's say I always enjoy a good conversation about Napoleon and his Period … this topic is quite interesting to me … but it seems that I am the only one. (smile)


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP13 Jul 2018 12:44 p.m. PST

Bernadotte has had a bad press, but that may reflect biased interests, those who did create the records after all. The Swedes must have seen something in him, but blowed if I know what! (Smirk)

langobard Supporting Member of TMP14 Jul 2018 4:03 a.m. PST

I confess I always assumed that the Swedes hoped he would have connections / provide some sort of French counter-weight to Russian ambitions.

Did they chose the right person? At least they didn't lose any more provinces after Finland in 1809 (?) and Bernadotte seemed to have some sway with the other allied rulers in 1813-14, though not so much when Metternich hit his stride in the Congress of Vienna.

Brechtel19814 Jul 2018 12:02 p.m. PST

Under Bernadotte, Sweden 'allied' itself with its old enemy, Russia against France.

Bernadotte got Norway for his loyal service to the Tsar.

I wonder if Bernadotte ever regretted turning on the troops that he had once led. Probably not…

d88mm1940 Supporting Member of TMP14 Jul 2018 12:40 p.m. PST

I do not see many opportunities to be King … for the moment (smile)

Nick Nolte did it. Sean Connery did it. Why not you? [bigger grin]

Regards Bernadotte: Perhaps they were searching around for a 'military' man to be king. Their military 'Great Period' was with Gustavas. No great military minds were available locally (they would have stepped up, if they were there).
He was already familiar to them, regardless of the 'quality' of those encounters.

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