76. A masked ball

Gustav III, King of Sweden (r. 1771-1792), was an enlightened despot and lover of the arts, murdered in 1792 by a conspiracy of nobles. In many ways, Gustav was an attractive figure.  He was an enthusiast for Enlightenment ideals, particularly French writers like Voltaire.  He promoted free trade; encouraged religious tolerance, and, to a limited … Continue reading 76. A masked ball