14.2.11

sweden

...Sigismund was something of a sport upon the family stock: if one had not known he was a Vasa one would have said he was a Habsburg. He was the only member of his family for three generations to be blessed with an equable temper; perhaps also the only one not to be cursed with the sin of ambition. His Polish subjects, who found him heavy going and disliked the German atmosphere at his court, inquired irritably 'who is this dumb devil that they have sent us from Sweden?' and coined the famous phrase, 'Tria T fecerunt nostro Regi vae: Taciturnitas, Tarditas, Tenacitas'. He had his father's pride and melancholy; he inherited the aesthetic interests of both his parents, and was himself (to the contempt of his Polish subjects) a painter of talent; but he lacked the Vasas' gift of words and their ability to come to terms with the common man... more...

Thanks to Matterhorn at Sword and the Sea...

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

2 comments:

Matterhorn said...

Thank you for the link! It is odd, the way these good men and devout Catholic monarchs often seem to lack sufficient worldly wisdom. Their opponents, on the other hand, lack the goodness, but are much better at operating in a political environment.

The seemingly almost impossible task is to be BOTH innocent as a dove and wise as as serpent.

Brantigny said...

Not since St Louis IX