SHORTLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY AWARDIt is the 1760s, the height of the Enlightenment.
The young King of Denmark, Christian VII, is a half-wit.
His queen, the English princess Caroline Mathilde, has fallen in love with his most trusted advisor, the court physician Struensee.
Guldberg, a cold-blooded religious fanatic, is determined to annihilate the Enlightenment ideas Struensee is introducing to Denmark - whoever prevails in their bitter ideological battle will control not only the king but the nation state.
Adultery, insanity, back-stabbing and blue blood... Enquist brilliantly recasts a dramatic era of Danish history, weaving a wide range of historical characters - Voltaire and Diderot, Catherine the Great and George III - into a tale of ruthless political ambition and personal betrayal.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 01/04/2003
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9780099447054