ABOUT THE SOCIETY
Founded in the aftermath of the First World War, the Anglo-Swedish Society was established to foster greater understanding and friendship between Britain and Sweden. The continued strong bond between these two nations has allowed the Society to evolve into a non-proﬁt organisation that promotes intellectual and cultural crossover by organising prestigious events and supporting scholarships of the arts.
- Ceramicist who graduated from the MA programme at the Royal College of Art. She will be spending 3 months at Konstfack in Stockholm from February 2018.
26 Sep 2018
Come and enjoy two short historical talks, and a quiz about two notable Swedish Kings, with wine and food at at the Royal Automobile Club. It is our Anglo-Swedish Society centenary year, but, 200 years ago the Royal House of Bernadotte was founded, while 300 years ago the last true Swedish warrior-king died after decades of conflict.
The first talk will be given by amateur historian Eric JW Orlowski and is about the enigmatic, controversial, and remarkable figure that was Carolus XII Rex (1682-1718) – the “Lion of the North” or “Swedish Meteor” to some. A giant figure for sure, but who, in losing the battle of Poltava in 1709, signalled Sweden’s sharp decline in European status, thus allowingPeter I of Russia the chance to start the relentless rise of “Mother Russia”, and so vastly alteringthe course of history. Can we reconcile these contradictory legacies?
The second talk is to be given by A-SS Council Member David Goldsmith, and is about a more recent figure, the founder of the current Royal House of Bernadotte – Carl XIV Johan (formerly Jean Bernadotte) 1763-1844. But just how did an apprentice notary from Pau, France, come to preside over Sweden – a people and country he had never visited, nor even mastered their language? The story is an exercise in stark improbability.
We will have a right royal quiz with suitably regal prizes for those who snatch the crowns, while enjoying aperitifs, wine and buffet food at one of the nicest Clubs in London.
Price: £32 /£40 per ticket.
Strictly limited to 30 attendees.