In Prince of the North, Erik Petersson introduces us to Christian II, the Tyrant, in a whole new setting away from the carnage of the battlefield. In this thought provoking book, Petersson asks; what led to the disruption of the Nordic union?


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The Author

Erik Petersson (b. 1985) is a historian and author. He has previously written other titles of popular history, concerned with the fight for power in the Nordic countries. He is also a writer for Corren and Axess magazine, and makes regular appearances on Swedish radio.



The year is 1500 and Christian is just twenty-one years of age when his erratic father sends him to the western parts of the union to maintain peace amongst his subjects. There, he is torn between archbishops, aristocrats, farmers and powerful landowners as he struggles to maintain authority and suppress rebellion. Set against the backdrop of a global world on the cusp of modernity, the eyes of Europe are upon him, and this is not just a battle concerning the Nordic countries but a power struggle that concerns everyone and that continues to have powerful reverberations throughout history to the present day. It is a story of betrayal and hidden motives, cover ups, loss and uncertainty.

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Press Voices

“Erik Petersson has written an amazingly generous and vivid account of a tragic life. This is the best I’ve read when it comes to historical literature. You will be as fascinated as I was when you read Prince of the North.” – JAKOB CARLANDER, CORREN

Popular history of the highest degree […] It’s not often that you read historical biographies written in such a beautiful and vivid prose as in historian Erik Petersson’s Prince of the North. His interesting digressions are even further icing on the cake.” – DAST

Exciting as an adventure novel […] Petersson highlights both social life, power relations and economics, during this time, so it’s not just exciting but also an in-depth and vibrant history lesson.” -DALADEMOKRATEN

A majestic book.” – DAGENS NYHETER

“… remarkably well written, with a vivid prose that embrace the reader in a narrative rhythm […] Petersson also makes fascinating parentheses about subjects rarely dealt with in our historical works” – DICK HARRISON, SVENSKA DAGBLADET

“An unusually multifaceted image […] Erik Petersson cleverly uses different rhetorical approaches when he inserts source-critical analyzes, personal reflections and contemporary parallels into the text.” -JÖNKÖPINGSPOSTEN

“Prince of the North stands out, in the most positive way, from the flood of popular-history books. […] Petersson is not only a highly skilled historian, you can also tell that he is a talented storyteller in the popular-history and fact-filled text that he has so cleverly crafted.” – TIDNINGEN KULTUREN

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