King Carl XIV Johann and the End of the Holstein-Gottorp Dynasty
- Nov 6, 2009
- Emily Chauviere
Prince Frederick Christian of Augustenberg may have been the next Swedish king were it not for the actions of the French businessman Jean Antoine Fournier. Fournier arrived in Sweden to argue for the appointment of Bernadotte as the next Swedish king. Fournier did not have much to back his position, just a letter of recommendation from the Swedish consul in Paris. Nevertheless, Fournier was able to get the support of Swedish Prime Minister Lars von Engestrom, largely with the promise of a significant amount of money to be given to the Swedish Chancellor.