The Queen and the Comet
We have already met this remarkable woman in the chapter about the meridian line, or heliometer, of S. Petronio in Bologna. Her position, at the time, was at the center of a very important political and religious affair. Christina, in fact, had ascended the throne of Sweden in 1632 at the age of six. Because of her young age, she initially reigned under the guidance of the state chancellor, gradually becoming more and more independent until taking full control in 1650.