Thursday, June 23, 2005

Danish People's Party wants loot back from Sweden

They may not measure up to the Rosetta Stone, but Queen Margrethe I's wedding gown and Frederik II's tapestry are doing their best to spark a diplomatic crisis between Denmark and Sweden. The Danish People's Party (DF) demands that the government copy Egyptian efforts to recover its priceless treasures from Great Britain and put pressure on Sweden to return some items Swedish armies looted from the Danish crown in the past. 'All over the world countries have started an enormous effort to exchange the so-called civilian war spoils,' Espersen said. Culture Minister Brian Mikkelsen has previously said that the minority Liberal-Conservative government, which relies on DF for support in parliament, had no intention of demanding the treasures back from Sweden. The government also considers war spoils from northern Germany as part of Denmark's cultural legacy. DF has set its sights on Frederik II's tapestry, the Neptune Fountain, and the 13th century first edition of the Law of Jutland, all looted from Helsingør's Kronborg castle during the Karl Gustav Wars in 1557-1560, as well as the golden wedding gown of Margrethe I, who ruled the entire Nordic region around 1400.


At June 24, 2005 12:04 AM, Blogger pølsemannen said...

I can't wait to see Mrs Freivald's reaction to this. Should be interesting.

At June 24, 2005 1:00 AM, Blogger Zach said...

Isn't this kind of an attempt to rewrite history, at least in some sense? I realize that this is a sensitive subject, but I think that leaving some of these cultural items in the hands of other countries does serve to remind us that the past was often violent. Not just that, but also that sometimes "we" lost, so that we should not allow ourselves to become weak or self-satisfied and myopic about the nature of the world and human nature.


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