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Carl XIV John
Original name:  Jean Baptiste Jules Bernadotte
Birth: Jan. 26, 1763
Death: Mar. 8, 1844

King of Sweden and Norway, also named Karl XIV Johan. He was Carl III John of Norway. Once one of Emperor Napoleon I's most trusted generals, he was born in Pau, France, as Jean Baptiste Bernadotte. When he was created Prince of Ponte-Corvo in Italy by Napoleon he added Jules to his names as an imperial courtesy. He was elected Crown Prince of Sweden in 1810 and was adopted, with another new name, by the childless Carl XIII. Carl John was crowned King of Sweden and Norway after Carl's death in 1818. He had married Miss Désirée Clary, once Napoleon's first love, who now became Queen Desideria. Instrumental in the formation of the alliance which defeated Napoleon at Waterloo, he has been accused, especially by Bonapartists, of disloyalty to his old benefactor. Having successfully negotiated the treaty by which Sweden in 1814 once again was united with its 'brotherland' Norway, he and his son and two grandsons were to be successive kings of both nations until 1905. Without ever learning to speak Swedish or Norwegian, but ably assisted by his intimate friend Count Magnus Brahe, Carl XIV John had a personally directed reign on the Scandinavian Peninsula which was one of uninterrupted peace and prosperity, investing considerably of his own funds. The ever popular Bernadotte Dynasty he founded is still on the throne in Sweden in 2007.

 (bio by: Kristen Conrad) 
Family links: 
   Desideria (1777 - 1860)*
   Oscar I (1799 - 1859)*
*Calculated relationship
Riddarholmskyrkan (Riddarholm Church)
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Stockholms län, Sweden
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