National Geographic : 1934 Jul
COUNTRY-HOUSE LIFE IN SWEDEN FOR TWO CENTURIES LIFE HERE HAS KEPT THE EVEN TENOR OF MEDIEVAL WAYS The mistress of this country house at Odensviholm, Smaland, is the author's aunt. After every meal she would personally put away the sugar and cakes in the larder, lock the door, and then hang the key on a nail close by! (see text, opposite page). On each side of the broad courtyard is a long, low visitors' wing and a few huge limes. On the other side of the large building a well-kept garden runs down to the lake. Photographs © by E. Lundquist DIGNITY MARKS QUEEN CHRISTINA'S BEDROOM AT TIDO The castle, overlooking the waters of Lake Malaren, is preserved to-day essentially as it was when it was a seat of the Chancellor Oxenstierna. Only six years old when her royal father, Gustavus Adolphus, was killed, Christina was educated in boyish pursuits principally by Johannes Matthias, while the Chancellor tutored her in politics. She came to the Swedish throne in her eighteenth year, but abdicated ten years later in favor of her cousin Charles, whom she had refused to marry (see illustration, page 58).