Haakon & Maud I (Innbundet)

The Regal Idea

Series: Haakon & Maud 1


Tor Bomann-Larsen

Norwegian title: Kongstanken
Binding: Innbundet
Year: 2002
Pages: 464
Publisher: Cappelen Damm
Språk: Bokmål
Series: Haakon & Maud
Serienummer: 1
ISBN/EAN: 9788202190927
Overview Kongstanken

The Regal Idea (Kongstanken) is the first book in a collection of books where Norway´s foremost biographer gets into two of the most interesting destinies that Norwegian history holds.

Writing the story about Haakon & Maud, Tor Bomann-Larsen has taken on an extraordinary research. The archives of the European Royal families opened their doors for the very first time. First and foremost His Royal Majesty King Harald of Norway allowed access to the Norwegian archives of private letters and pictures, and also allowed access to material in the hands of the Danish, Swedish and English royal archives. This also opened the doors to the state archives of Moscow, where the letters between the Tsar family and other European royal families are kept. The material for the works are collected in seven different countries, and a well of new knowledge has been discovered. Through the material Tor Boman-Larsen learned about everything from everyday life to the great national and international political decisions that still have repercussions in the Europe of our time.

In this, the first book in the series about Haakon & Maud we enter the story with a backdrop of a Europe in change, where the idea about autocracy is just as prominent as the dawn of socialism. In the Nordic countries, Bjørnsonian nationalism, the uncompromising Ibsen and the polar dreams of Nansen where some of the elements in the game that would lead to the birth of a nation. Not only does Bomann-Larsen give us the strange story about a young prince of Denmark and a princess of England that together would become the foremost national symbols of a nation that none of them had any special ties to. With the baffling connections between dynastical royal power, cultural events and political games, the writer give us nothing less than a new perspective on Norwegian - and European - history.

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Reviews Kongstanken

«I flommen av bøker om (og av) kongelige fremstår Kongstanken som noe av et originalt verk. Tor Bomann-Larsens humoristiske sagastil er en befriende motvekt mot den pompøse fremstillingsmåten som konservative monarkister tradisjonelt har stått for.»

Leif Høghaug, Morgenbladet

«Det er blitt en koloss av en bok, og dette er bare bind 1! Den imponerer, ingen tvil om det, boken er en kraftprestasjon.»

Gunhild Ramm Reistad, Drammen Tidende

«Bomann-Larsen skriver presist, velformulert og treffende og bruker bilder på en måte så fremstillingen får en litterær kvalitet.»

Ole Kristian Grimnes, Bergens Tidende

«Elegant komponert historieskrivning med oppsiktsvekkende nært blikk inn i tidens europeiske dynastier og i den kongelige tenkemåte.»

Arnhild Skre, Aftenposten

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Author Tor Bomann-Larsen

Tor Bomann-Larsen (1951–) is one of Norway’s leading biographers. He writes with a rare elegance and with great scope and insight. He has published a number of books in different genres. In 2004 he received the prestigious Brage Prize for Non-Fiction for his book The People (Folket). He is currently working on his biography cycle about the Norwegian Royal Family.

Rights to his books have been sold to Germany, Russia and The UK.

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