Re-introducing the popular “Carolus Rex 1682-1718” shirt with it’s epic original back print from 2012.
This is a most wanted design based on the artwork from the 2012 Carolus Rex album, that we decided to bring back in stock again, and also making it webshop exclusive, meaning it will not be available on tour.
Now it’s back in stock again and in sizes from S to 3XL.
If you are unsure what size to order, please check here!
Historic fact about Carolus Rex 1682-1718:
Charles XII, also known as Carolus Rex, became King of Sweden on 5th April 1697 at the age of 15, following the death of his father Charles X1.
The Great Northern War broke out in February 1700, as neighbouring countries planned to take back territories that they had lost during the swedish expansion of the 1600s. Sweden was attacked on three fronts: by Peter The Great in Russia, Augustus The Strong in Saxony/Poland and Frederick IV in Denmark
They were all convinced that Sweden, led by an inexperienced teenage King, would be easy prey. However, the young King, by then 18 years of age, quickly lined up several victories.
The quiet but determined King had been brought up to rule as an absolute monarch. Many of his closest officials and high ranking officers found him hard to understand but he was loved by his soldiers. When they attacked, he was often in the first rank.
Charles XII’s bravery, quick wits and unusually good tactical eye made him an outstanding leader in pitched battle. His exceptional ability to infuse courage into his soldiers was another strong contributing factor in the initial triumphs and his army’s high morale in battle.
However, he could also appear harsh and callous. A macho culture predominated in his circles, where showing feelings like grief and pain were out of the question.
The Swedish army’s treatment of both the civilian population and prisoners of war in Poland and Russia was sometimes extremely cruel. With the King’s consent, there were merciless reprisals – including the torture of children – and mass executions.