CHRISTIAN VII . (1749-1808),
See also:king of Denmark and Norway, was the son of
See also:Frederick V., king of Denmark, and his first
See also:consort Louisa, daughter of
See also:George II. of
See also:Great Britain . He became king on his
See also:death on the 14th of
See also:January 1766 . All the earlier accounts agree that he had a winning
See also:personality and considerable
See also:talent, but he was badly educated, systematic-ally terrorized by a brutal
See also:governor and hopelessly debauched by corrupt pages, and
See also:grew up a semi-idiot . After his
See also:marriage in 1766 with Caroline Matilda (1751–1775), daughter of Frederick,
See also:prince of
See also:Wales, he abandoned himself to the worst excesses . He ultimately sank into a
See also:condition of
See also:mental stupor, and became the obedient slave of the upstart Struensee (q.v.) . After the fall of Struensee (the
See also:warrant for whose arrest he signed with indifference), for the last six-and-twenty years of his reign, he was only nominally king . He died on the'3th of
See also:March '808 . In 1772 the king's marriage with Caroline Matilda, who had been seized and had confessed to criminal familiarity with Struensee, was dissolved, and the
See also:queen, retaining her title, passed her remaining days at
See also:Celle, where she died on the 11th of May 1775 . See E . S . F .
Reverdil, Struensee et la tour de Copenhague, 1760-.1772 (
See also:Paris, 1858) ; Danmarks Riges Historie, vol. v . (
See also:Copenhagen, 1897–1905) ; and for Caroline Matilda,
See also:Sir F . C . L . Wraxall,
See also:Life and Times of Queen Caroline Matilda (1864), and W . H .
See also:Wilkins, A Queen of Tears (1904) .
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