Elise Dermineur: ”Queen Lovisa Ulrika of Sweden and Eighteenth-Century Politics”

  • Date: –18:00
  • Location: SCAS, Linneanum, Thunbergsvägen 2, Thunberg Hall
  • Organiser: The Department of Literature, The Uppsala Interdisciplinary 18th Century Seminar, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS) and the Department of History
  • Contact person: Marie-Christine Skuncke
  • Seminarium

The Uppsala Interdisciplinary 18th Century Seminar, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS) and the Department of History

Dr Elise DERMINEUR, Umeå & SCAS: ”Queen Lovisa Ulrika of Sweden and Eighteenth-Century Politics”

Informal reception after the seminar, RSVP for reception at the latest on December 2 to rsvp@swedishcollegium.se


Presentation
French historian Elise Dermineur presents her forthcoming political biography of Lovisa Ulrika (Routledge). Based on extensive archival research, it is a contribution to the HERA research programme “Marrying Cultures: Queens Consort and European Identities 1500–1800”.

As crown princess (1744-1751), queen (1751-1771) and then queen dowager (1771-1782) of Sweden, Lovisa Ulrika took an active role in political matters in a period that was difficult for the monarchy. In the Age of Liberty, the king’s hands were tied by the constitution, restricting his prerogatives to almost nothing. To Lovisa Ulrika, a monarchal regime was the only authentic and possible natural order for any given society; it was also the best option available to stabilize and unite the country, reconcile its members with each other, and prevent foreign intrusion. From the moment she arrived in Sweden in 1744, and throughout her life, Lovisa Ulrika worked tirelessly towards increasing the power of the monarchy. Described variously as fierce, proud, haughty, intelligent, self-conscious of her due roy­al prerogatives, filled with political ambitions, and accused by many of her contemporaries of wanting to restore absolutism, she never diverted from her objective, despite obstacles and adversities. As such, she embodied the perfect example of a female consort who was in turn a political agent, instrument and catalyst. This talk examines in details these three roles through her example.