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Tango0123 Jul 2019 1:03 p.m. PST

"Christian Frederik was a cousin of the reigning King of Denmark, Frederik VI, and heir to the Danish throne. In 1813 he was appointed Vice-Regent in Norway. His task was to visit all parts of the country in order to strengthen the ties between Norway and Denmark and obstruct the plans of the Swedish Crown Prince, Carl Johan, who wished to make Norway part of Sweden.

Christian Frederik was smuggled from Denmark through the British blockade (Denmark-Norway had sided with France during the Napoleonic Wars). He arrived at the Norwegian islands of Hvaler on 21 May 1813, and made his way to Christiania (as Oslo was called at the time) the following day. He immediately took up his new office, and rapidly became popular among the Norwegians…."
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Rittmester24 Jul 2019 7:59 a.m. PST

Interesting that you find this on the webpage of the Norwegian Royal Family. Frederik was not the right man to lead the Norwegian Army in 1814, although the outcome of the peace negotiations with Sweden were probably the best the Norwegians could hope for. The Norwegain army alone against the Swedish under Bernadotte would probably not stand a chance in the long run, but the actual performance under Frederik in 1814 was mediocre at best, much due to poor leadership. The performance of the Norwegian Army in 1808-1809 under Christian August, who had military education and actual military experience from service in Austria, was far superior.

Tango0124 Jul 2019 12:25 p.m. PST



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