Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Hermaphrodite: Queen Christina of Sweden

As part of an upcoming exhibition of 100 documents in Rome's Capitoline Museum, a eight-page parchment document announcing the abdication of Queen Christina of Sweden will be on display today. The document comes complete with seals from members of the Swedish paliament. It was widely speculated that Queen Christina of Sweden was born neither male or female. This was based solely on her masculine behavior, deep voice and her unconventional sense of style. Born Kristina Augusta and later adopted the moniker Christina Alexandra, she or he served as The Queen of Sweden from 1633 to 1654.

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