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Bernadotte.

Postby Josh&Historyland » November 15th, 2017, 12:23 am

Could I prevail upon some knowledgable members to enlighten me as to the the current state of literature covering the life of Marshal and later Crown Prince of Sweden Bernadotte? Alan Palmer's biography seems to come up as the most recent survey, I'd be interested in hearing about the most up do date books, from which I can plumb bibliographies.

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Re: Bernadotte.

Postby Skarpskytten » November 16th, 2017, 2:19 pm

Josh, got your email!

Alas, I know litte of this subject. The latest biography in swedish came in 2009, and it was a real stinker, a waste of time even if you know the lingo. If you are interested in swedish books I can give you a hint or two, but I think the good books are pretty old.

I did take the liberty to make an search in LIBRIS, which is a library database which contains all books and articles in any research library in Sweden (universities, högskolor, etc). This is what they have on Bernadotte in english, starting with the newest titles: http://libris.kb.se/hitlist?q=AMNE%3A%2 ... is&s=c&t=v.
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Re: Bernadotte.

Postby Josh&Historyland » November 18th, 2017, 3:08 pm

Thanks for the info! It certainly seems like a subject that, although interesting hasn't been reviewed well in English, French or Swedish for a long time.
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Re: Bernadotte.

Postby Skarpskytten » November 21st, 2017, 7:07 pm

I'm agreed. There seems to be a lot of specialized studies of this or that aspect of B, but no-one in quite a while that has taken a broad grip on B the general.

Personally, I would love to read a modern reassessment of B during the Befreiungskrieg as commander of Army of the North.
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Re: Bernadotte.

Postby Josh&Historyland » November 25th, 2017, 9:37 pm

That would be interesting. Perhaps we should have a go at a book together!
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Re: Bernadotte.

Postby Skarpskytten » November 26th, 2017, 8:56 am

Josh&Historyland wrote:That would be interesting. Perhaps we should have a go at a book together!


I was toying with that idea too, though I do not really have the time right now. :P

But, just to continue toying.

I can read swedish and could propably improve my german enough to cover the german scholarship.

How is your French? Mine is pretty non-existent.
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Re: Bernadotte.

Postby Josh&Historyland » November 26th, 2017, 1:41 pm

An attractive idea to toy with. :D
I'd need to improve my French I think. With context I can get the gist of things but it wouldn't do for deep analysis.
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Re: Bernadotte.

Postby Skarpskytten » November 26th, 2017, 5:57 pm

I think we need to recruit Andrew too ...
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Re: Bernadotte.

Postby Andrew » November 26th, 2017, 10:08 pm

Just had a quick look on the Livre Chez Vous website; nothing! They normally have the widest range of French military history books unless someone can tell me different?

I just searched 'Bernadotte' on Amazon books and there are a number of biographies in English and French; mostly old, but it's impossible to say how good they are.

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Re: Bernadotte.

Postby Josh&Historyland » November 27th, 2017, 12:54 am

There's hasn't been a book for some years it seems, though there are books out there.
I asked also on the NS and they came up with the latest and what they also considered the best, but there's in truth not seriously much in English since 1991. These books below, (the french one would take time) I intend to read in order to guage their quality.

In French: https://ahrf.revues.org/12355
In English https://www.amazon.com/Bernadotte-Napoleons-Marshal-Swedens-King/dp/0719547032/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1510783651&sr=1-1&keywords=bernadotte
Bernadotte and Napoleon, 1763-1810 by Dunbar Plunket Barton 1921/Bernadotte The First Phase 1763-1799/Bernadotte Prince and King 1810-1844' published in 1925.

Either way, some reading is going to be required.

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