Magnus Jacob Crusenstolpe

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Magnus Jacob Crusenstolpe in 1824

Magnus Jacob Crusenstolpe (1795–1865), Swedish historian, early became famous both as a political and a historical writer.

Crusenstolpe won considerable distinction with a series of historical-romantic tales, (Little Stories); but his fame rests mainly on his works as a journalist, historian, biographer, and politician. His works of fiction become a degree political or progressive pamphlets see for example The House of Holstein-Gottorp in Sweden.[1]


Crusenstolpe obtained a great influence over King Charles XIV, who during the years 1830 to 1833 gave him his fullest confidence, and sanctioned the official character of Crusenstolpe's newspaper Fäderneslandet. In the last-mentioned year, however, the historian suddenly became the king's bitterest enemy, and used his acrid pen on all occasions in attacking him. In 1838 he was condemned for one of these angry utterances to be imprisoned three years in the Vaxholm Castle. He continued his literary labours until his death in 1865. Few Swedish writers have wielded so pure and so incisive a style as Crusenstolpe, but his historical work is vitiated by political and personal bias.[2]


Crusenstolpe's first important work was a History of the Early Years of the Life of King Gustavus IV Adolphus (1837),[2][3] which was followed by a series of monographs and by some politico-historical novels, of which The House of Holstein-Gottorp in Sweden is considered the best,[2] the 5th volume of which was published in 1844.[4]

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  1. ^ Warner 1917, p. 159.
  2. ^ a b c Chisholm 1911, p. 552.
  3. ^ Yust 1956, p. 799.
  4. ^ NQR staff 1844, p. 342.


  • Warner, Charles Dudley (1917). The Warner library 28. Warner Library Company. p. 159. 
  • NQR staff (1844). "Literary Notices and Obituary". New Quarterly Review; or, home, foreign and colonial journal (London: Smith Elder and company) 3: 342. 
  • Yust, Walter, ed. (1956). "Crusenstolpe, Magnus Jakob". Encyclopædia Britannica: a new survey of universal knowledge 6. Encyclopædia Britannica. p. 799.