Throne of a Thousand Years

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Throne of a Thousand Years: Chronicles as Told by Erik, Son of Riste, Commemorating Sweden's Monarchy from 995–96 to 1995–1996
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Front of the dust cover of Throne of a Thousand Years from 1996.
AuthorJacob Truedson Demitz
CountrySweden and United States
SubjectSwedish history
PublisherRistesson Ent
Publication date
December 19, 1996
ISBN 978-91-630-5030-5
OCLC 36647578
LC Class DL644.1 .D46 1996

Throne of a Thousand Years is a non-fiction book by author Jacob Truedson Demitz, [1] first published in 1996 as the first English-language historical account solely about all the kings and queens of Sweden. [2] [3] and again as Centuries of Selfies in 2020.


It details their personal histories, the impact of their reigns on Scandinavian history, and the political implications of disclosed dynastic ties in Europe.

Sponsored mainly by Ericsson, ABB and the Swedish Postal Service, the 1996 account was published by Ristesson Ent in Ludvika and Los Angeles. A fictional chronicler called Erik, Son of Riste related the factual story, followed by fact boxes about each of the 66 monarchs covered and a number of ancestry charts. Illustrations in that early version (if not otherwise noted in the book) are portrait drawings by the author made from the 1960s to the 1990s, [4] and 3 differently sorted lists of persons were included as well as an appended text rendition in Swedish.


Throne of a Thousand Years was particularly praised by Dala-Demokraten for its English-language name forms, exonyms for pre-20th-century Swedish royalty, and a "refreshing" lack of nationalism, [5] and by Nya Ludvika Tidning for its general interest and for easy access to hard-to-find facts. [3]

2020 edition

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Making extensive use of recent donations by the National Museum of Sweden to Wikimedia Commons, and crediting that museum for them, a new full color edition called Centuries of Selfies was published in 2020 with a preface by Ulf Sundberg. [6] [7] In the updated version's historical account, Erik, Son of Riste has been excluded, whereas comprehensive new chapters covering the royal dynasties and burials, respectively, have been added to the book. [8]

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  1. Libris list of books
  2. Pettersson, Göran (June 26, 1996). "Han skrev bok om Sveriges kungar – på engelska". Borlänge Tidning. p. 12.
  3. 1 2 Winroth, Anders (February 26, 1997). "Ludvikabo skriver bok om Sveriges kungar". Nya Ludvika Tidning. p. 13.
  4. "Gustaf Wasa 500 år i dag". Nya Ludvika Tidning. May 11, 1996. p. 16.
  5. Kyhle, Lars (May 29, 1997). "Blood-Swain och Olaf Scotking, Svenska kungar från Ludvikas och USA:s horisont". Dala-Demokraten. p. 3.
  6. Amazon 2020-08-10
  7. Libris listing
  8. Book's index and preface