Prince of the North – Christian II, the Tyrant

In Prince of the North, Erik Petersson introduces us to Christian II, the Tyrant, in a whole new setting away from the carnage of the battlefield. In this thought provoking book, Petersson asks; what led to the disruption of the Nordic union?

The year is 1500 and Christian is just twenty-one years of age when his erratic father sends him to the western parts of the union to maintain peace amongst his subjects. There, he is torn between archbishops, aristocrats, farmers and powerful landowners as he struggles to maintain authority and suppress rebellion. Set against the backdrop of a global world on the cusp of modernity, the eyes of Europe are upon him, and this is not just a battle concerning the Nordic countries but a power struggle that concerns everyone and that continues to have powerful reverberations throughout history to the present day. It is a story of betrayal and hidden motives, cover ups, loss and uncertainty.

Without recognizing and understanding these revolutionary years, one is easily tricked into believing that our history is less complicated and more linear than it really is.

Erik Petersson

Original title:
Furste av Norden – Kristian Tyrann

April 2017


Original publisher:
Natur & Kultur

Reading material:
Swedish manuscript
English sample

524 pp.