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You don’t know where you got yourself into my friend with this question :D
I don’t want to be very detailed because yoyo-in-space is the expert on this subject and she’ll write more about this when she has more time.
1 - Magnus Brahe was a Swedish nobleman who met Jean Baptiste Bernadotte when he was about 20 years old. The Brahe family is one of the oldest families in Sweden and Brahe was the eldest son, so the head of the family.
2- Magnus Brahe spoke French and Swedish. He was a military and he got very much along with Jean Baptiste Bernadotte the Crown Prince, later King, of Sweden. Since Bernadotte didn’t speak Swedish, or never spoke it well enough, Brahe helped him translating stuff and making himself clear to others (Although of course, most Court spoke French).
3 - Brahe devoted his entire life to Bernadotte. Brahe never married - which was a big deal considering that his was a very important family and it was very, very uncommon for a head of a family to go unmarried and childless.
4- They were so close and Brahe was so important that for a while Bernadotte’s reign was known as “Brahe Empire”.
5- Unfortunately for the opposition, Brahe was apparently very nice man. He was very kind, very amiable and considerate to everyone. Actually, Brahe was so scrupulously honourable that he never tried to gain any personal advantages from his influence and position. In addition to not being corrupt he also gave quite a lot of money to charity. And since he wasn’t one to pay attention to his own economical conditions he actually ended up in incurring in debts as a result of the charity works and probably the fact that he spent more time with the king than tending to his own affairs.
6- Seriously, even the liberals were like: “we want to say bad things about him but he’s just so nice. He has way too much influence…but he doesn’t really abuse it…but he shouldn’t have!”
7- Brahe knew Bernadotte really well and knew how to calm him down. For example, there’s one occasion where they face some protesters and Bernadotte is so angry that his first reaction is to tell the guards to kill them all. Brahe knowing that he would regret this decision revokes it and takes full responsibility. Bernadotte, as expected, regrets it and thanks Brahe for being such a good friend.
8- Brahe also reviewed Bernadotte’s speeches and other actions and he apparently had a way to soften the King who could be at times quite formidable and well, rash and brusque.
9- When Bernadotte was depressed, Brahe was one of the only people who was able to reach out to him and help him. (he apparently spent nights with Bernadotte in the King’s bedchamber, reading to him).
9 – After Bernadotte’s death Brahe dies of a broken heart. I really can’t put this in another manner and I’m not being over romantic or exaggerating. We know that he basically ceased to take care of himself. We can imagine that he probably didn’t sleep or ate much. He would go everyday to Bernadotte’s coffin for six hours (six) in a marshal uniform. Six hours a day. He dies just a few months after his king. Some accounts speak of wails and cries that were heard from inside the Church.
As I said, Yoyo will write more about this and I don’t want to spoil everything. She also has more information and detailed accounts. But I think Brahe was a rather exceptional individual. His character was close to irrepressible and his devotion to the King is so deep, so emotional that seems fictional but it was not and to think that such devotion existed is rather extraordinary.
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