The Crown Series
Meet the kings, queens, and their eras in our new book series. The first titles were published in 2015, and we have just added four new publications.
The Royal Danish Collection highlights royal history in collaboration with the publisher Historika. The series consists of richly illustrated books, written by our specialists, but with a broad audience in mind. The books are balanced, so that they in a small, appetising format cover the topics thoroughly without being too specialised or becoming superficial. All the titles are available in Danish and English, more are on the way, and it’s 100% royal…
The new titles in the Crown Series are:
Christian V. The First Heir to the Throne
Christian V reigned from 1670 until 1699. He was the first to accede to the throne as a hereditary king following the introduction of the hereditary and absolute monarchy by Frederik III.
Frederik IV. King on His Own Terms
Frederik IV reigned from 1699 until 1730. Non of the other absolute monarchs in Danish history ruled in as headstrong a fashion as he did. Frederik IV took it upon himself to make as many of the realm’s decisions as possible himself, and this worked remarkably well.
Frederik VII. The Giver of the Constitution
Frederik VII ruled Denmark from 1848 until 1863. In 1849 he introduced Denmark’s first constitution. Despite his great weaknesses as a ruler, he is one of the most remarkable figures among the Danish monarchs.
Frederik VIII and Queen Lovisa. The Overlooked Royal Couple
Frederik VIII reigned for only six years, from 1906 until 1912. He and Lovisa spent four decades as a Crown Prince and Crown Princess, and this presented them with some speciale challenges, not least as regards their relationship with the rest of the royal family, which was strained.
The Crown Series already includes:
Christian IV: Denmark’s Great Renaissance King
Known and lesser known sides of the most colourful king in Danish history. The book discusses the king’s wars, women, politics, building projects, times, and significance for posterity.
Frederik III: The King Who Seized Absolute Power
The mid 17th century was a landmark period in Danish history, in which Frederik III after a loss at war to Sweden introduced the absolute monarchy in Denmark-Norway. At the same time the magnificence at court blossomed with Queen Sophie Amalie as the radiant centre point, which gave the impression that the country was doing better than it actually was.
Christian VIII: King first of Norway and then of Denmark
Christian VIII was the kingdom’s last absolute monarch and took the initiative for both the Danish and the Norwegian constitutions. His and Queen Caroline Amalie’s time was marked by political instability, but also cultural wealth, and their social circles included among others Hans Christian Andersen, Grundtvig, Bertel Thorvaldsen, Eckersberg, Adam Oehlenschläger and HC Ørsted.
Christian IX and Queen Louise: Europe’s Parents-in-Law
The Royal Couple were the first couple from the House of Glücksburg to ascend the Danish throne. Things were difficult at the beginning, as they ascended the throne in 1863, just a year before the military defeat to Prussia and Austria. On the other hand, they gradually became popular among the people, among other things because their six children were married off so favourably that even at the time they were known as ‘Europe’s parents-in-law’.
Christian X and Queen Alexandrine: Royal Couple Through the World Wars
During the Royal Couple’s reign (1912-47) the world changed dramatically, and two world wars as well as great economic crises contributed to the Royal Couple’s great importance as a national rallying point. At the same the Danish monarchy found its place in the modern parliamentary democracy, and with the growth of the modern mass media the Royal Family became more present in public life.
Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid: The Modern Royal Couple
In the Royal Couple’s time the Royal Family took the form in which we know it today. Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid were popular in their own time, which was not least due to their ability to open up the Royal Family more to the outside world.
Power, Splendour, and Diamonds: Denmark’s Regalia and Crown Jewels
No royal history without the crown jewels and the crowns! The book gets right to the very heart of the monarchy across more than 400 years, and on the way we can enjoy the new, lavish photographs of both the crown jewels and the regalia.
Amalienborg and Frederiksstaden: The Palace and the Royal Quarter
The quarter is a major work of European rococo architecture, and an expression of the town planning, social, and aesthetic ideals of the 18th century. A walk around the Frederiksstaden quarter and a trip to the palace square become an entirely new experience with the book in your hands, but the book also be enjoyed at home on the sofa.
Rosenborg Castle: Pleasure Palace and Treasure Chamber
Richly illustrated new guidebook to the castle. The book takes the reader on a tour from Christian IV’s study and toilet to the Great Hall and the Treasury. The rooms are expanded upon with selected descriptions of the objects and historical highlights.