The Religious Nationalisms of Queen Victoria of Sweden (1862−1930)

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As children of 1871, Queen Victoria's generation was a victorious one that also knew the cruelties of war. The prime concept of Victoria's religious nationalisms was the religiously motivated monarchical principle, in the tradition of German Gottesgnadentum. As the matron of the Swedish nation, she saw her divine calling, understood according to Lutheran principles, as both a soldier and a nurse. During the Great War, her nationalism was closely tied to Germany, but after the fall of the German Empire, and especially after her mother's death in 1923, she began to identiy incereasingly with Sweden. It is fruitless to ask about her private opinions "behind" the mask. Her religious nationalisms belonged to both the queen and the woman.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationYliopisto, kirkko ja yhteiskunta. Aila Lauhan juhlakirja
EditorsAntti Laine, Aappo Laitinen
PublisherSuomen kirkkohistoriallinen seura
VolumeSKHS 218
ISBN (Print)978-952-5031-65-2
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

VolumeSKHS 218
ISSN (Print)0356-0759

Bibliographical note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015.
The record was previously connected to the following departments: Centre for Theology and Religious Studies (015017000)

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Religious Studies


  • nationalism
  • identification
  • monarchical principle
  • Lutheran


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