One of my new year resolutions was to start reading biographies. I had no idea - and no plans - that the first biography would be one on Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.
The book I have read is Dronning Margrethe by Annelise Bistrup. I found it in my local public library and was taken by the beautiful pictures from her first year as queen in 1972. The book is based on interviews made with the Queen. My impression after reading the book is that she is a woman of great human knowledge. Even though she is not very open about the up's and down's in her life, she is quite reflected on how people have influenced her and how she has developed through the years.
Her view on history, however, did not impress me. Though I am not sure how a view of history looks like from a royal perspective. She is in favour of learning the royal lineage by heart, as she believes chronology to be of vital importance. She admits that her view on the teaching of history might be heavily influenced by her age (born in 1940). On the other hand she believes everyone should have a grasp of the history of ideas, to know the context of political history, though political history seems to come first. I was softened by her view on history of ideas, but cannot agree with her on the learning of kings and queens by heart. (This might, of course, be because I have never bothered by learning any royal house's lineage by heart, but I usually manage to put a monarch in his or her right century - I might even get the decades right.)