16th Century

The Fall of the King

by Johannes V. Jensen

The Fall of the King tells the story of Mikkel Thøgersen, a dreamy student, and the social entanglements which bring him into the service of King Christian II of Denmark.

The novel was named best Danish novel of the 20th century by the Danish newspapers Politiken and Berlingske Tidende, independently of each other, in 1999. In 2006 it was included in the controversial Culture Canon published by the Minsistry of Culture. On this list of significant Danish works of art, The Fall of the King was ranked alongside works by Hans Christian Andersen, Søren Kierkegaard, Karen Blixen and others.

Since I haven’t read the book, I quote from Amazon.com: This is surely the masterwork of the Nobel Prize winning Danish author, Johannes V. Jensen. The book mixes facts from Denmarks history from 1497 to 1543 with the fictional life and emotional turmoil of the student, Mikkel Thøgersen.

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