Below is listed some of my articles, which deal with different aspects of the royal and princely history and the monarchy history of Europe and the royal and princely genealogy of Europe.
The Nordic Kingdoms – A Monarchy Perspective in Dynastic Nordism 1914-1936
Nordism came into existence in the years following The Danish-German War in 1864. The process of formation of nation states in the North came to its interim closing with Finland (1917) and Iceland (1918). The aim of the article’s Monarchy Perspective is to provide research in Dynastic Nordism, a field which has not been examined before. The article will seek to use the North as an example of a well-defined supranational thought of unity, which competes with the national basis as the external framework for the Nordic royal houses, i.e. the Danish (1918-44 the Danish-Icelandic), Norwegian and Swedish royal house, in the relation between nationalism and Nordism by using a comparative analysis of descriptions in the Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and Icelandic public opinion regarding various events in the three Nordic royal houses in the period of 1914-36. The selected events are: The Meeting of the Three Kings in Malmø 1914, the wedding of the Norwegian and Danish heir to the throne in 1929 and 1935 respectively and the visits of the Danish-Icelandic royal house in the Kingdom of Iceland (1921, 1926, 1936).
Christian IX – A European Perspective in Denmark’s “father-in-law of Europe”
Denmark’s King Christian IX (1863-1906) and his Queen Louise (1817-98) became ancestors of a great European royal and princely family. Four of the Danish royal couple’s children were placed on European thrones, either as reigning monarchs or as consorts to European monarchs. Christian IX was therefore known as “the father-in-law of Europe”, already in his age. This article will seek to demonstrate that the story of more comprehensive European tendencies of development with the transition from a Europe dominated by dynastic states to a Europe composed of nation states. It was a development, which started in the 19th Century by the nationalism as political movement. The narrative of the descendants of King Christian IX and their prominent positions in the European monarchies in the following generations exposes to a great extent the transformation from the dynastic states to the nation states of Europe, but at the same time it is the thesis of the article that this transformation in itself is an essential condition of the origin of “the father-in-law of Europe”. The story of King Christian IX, “the father-in-law of Europe”, is quite special in the royal and princely history of Europe, but not, however, without precedents, nor in the Danish monarch’s own age, which the article will underline by drawing parallels between King Christian IX and other European royals with dynastic sobriquets: Prince Nicholas I (1841-1921, Prince of Montenegro from 1860-1910 and King of Montenegro from 1910-18), “the father-in-law of Europe”, the British Queen Victoria (1837-1901), “the grandmother of Europe”, Portugal’s King Miguel I (1828-34), “the grandfather of Europe”, and Romania’s Queen Marie (1875-1938, queen consort from 1914-27), “the mother-in-law of the Balkans”. Finally, the position of King Christian IX as “the father-in-law of Europe” will be compared to the German princely House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.