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Gustavus Adolphus


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  • n. king of Sweden whose victories in battle made Sweden a European power; his domestic reforms made Sweden a modern state; in 1630 he intervened on the Protestant side of the Thirty Years' War and was killed in the battle of Lutzen (1594-1632)


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  • It was called Gustavus Adolphus's battle song, because the pious hero often sang it with his army; and he sang it for the last time immediately before the battle of Luetzen.

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  • The _History of the Thirty-Years War_ had once suggested the idea of Gustavus Adolphus as the hero of an epic poem; the same work afforded him a subject for a tragedy: he now decided on beginning

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  • Thus condemned to inaction by the king, Mr. Stubbs says, the royal court's would-be Cavaliers idealized a true swashbuckling "chevalier," such as Sweden's King Gustavus Adolphus, who led Europe's Protestant League in a series of victories against the Catholic Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III.

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  • When he had failed to find his man among the accepted celebrities, the police, in desperation, had brought out a collection of minor offenders; and from these the misguided bank clerk had picked out Gustavus Adolphus!

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  • Now, being in trouble is not precisely a new position for Gustavus Adolphus.

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  • In fact, it was so different that it centered around the Suburban Bank robbery, with Gustavus Adolphus cast in the leading role.

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  • To assume that Gustavus Adolphus would have held up a bank, even if he had known how, was naturally ridiculous.

    "A Leak in the Fountain of Youth" by Amelia Reynolds Long, part 1

  • For a moment I had a hideous vision of his forcing me to guide him straight to the laboratory where Aloysius was doing heaven alone knew what to Gustavus Adolphus, and, then, clapping irons on both of us for aiding and abetting a dangerous criminal; but the situation was saved by the entrance of Aloysius in person, alone and wholly self-possessed.

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  • At various times we say he was named for Klimt, Holst, Eiffel, Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, and my own great-great-grandfather.

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  • I'm frustrated at the moment; I want to do a post on Queen Kristina, Gustavus Adolphus' daughter, at some point, and I want to include an interesting prayer she composed - I found it once online, a long time ago, but can't seem to find it again... very annoying.

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