Reel Norden : Nordic Film & History

The Girl King Analysis

The Girl King depicts the reign of Queen Kristina of Sweden. Throughout, there is an emphasis on Kristina's dedication to education and the arts and her struggle to make her voice heard above the patriarchy. Kristina was a unique ruler for her time; she was highly educated, occasionally dressed like a man, and was trained to wield a sword. The movie also plays off speculations that Kristina may have had a lesbian relationship with her lady-in-waiting Ebba Sparre. The two share a close and romantic relationship during the film, complicated by Ebba's engagement.

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