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In the Bernadotte article, it's Ponto Corvo. Here it's Pontecorvo. Which is correct? RickK 03:05, 26 Aug 2003 (UTC)

John gone[edit]

Why is the name "Charles XIV"? To the best of my knowledge, he was known exclusively as "Carl XIV Johan" in Sweden, and while I can see the point of translating Carl, I certainly cannot see the point of removing Johan. Is there such a point? --Jao 20:33, 25 Jan 2004 (UTC)

You are right. Also Encyclopædia Britannica translates his name to Charles XIV John. /Jebur 28 June 2005 18:11 (UTC)


Why was Deu Pouey altered to Bernadotte? Did one of his ancestors inherit the property of a relation with that surname? --Anglius 04:00, 18 November 2005 (UTC)

Jeandou deu Pouey married Germaine de Bernadotte 1615, she got her name from a property in Pau, and they changed to that name. Idon't know why, but a likely guess was that the Bernadottes were higher nobility than the Poueys. Their son Pierre Bernadotte was Jean-Baptiste's great-great-grandfather. --BluePlatypus 08:13, 12 January 2006 (UTC)
I thank you, sir. I apologise for having not responded earlier. I did not notice your reply.--06:09, 3 November 2006 (UTC)

Battle of France[edit]

Surely Bernadotte took no part in this since it happened in 1940... --Actarus000 (talk) 20:36, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Good catch! It used to read Battle of Fleurus (which makes very much more sense!) before the paragraph was partly amended and partly obfuscated in this IP edit on March 4, 2008. How much of that edit is legitimate and how much is vandalism? -- Jao (talk) 22:14, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
Actually, I think I misread the changelog. Isn't that edit just a removal of all the text between "Battle of" and "France"? It's not undoable anymore though, so I guess it has to be done manually? -- Jao (talk) 22:37, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Monarchical Styles Infobox[edit]

This infobox, besides looking like a gaudy wine label, doesn't have any practical use in the biography. It's a bit silly (and not at all reverent) to address a Swedish monarch in English, especially when he has been in his tomb for a long time. I'm going to remove it, as happened on the Christian VIII of Denmark page. Glatisant (talk) 15:28, 28 March 2009 (UTC)

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Charles XIV John of Sweden
A full-length portrait of then-French Marshal Jean Baptiste Bernadotte (1763–1844), who later became King Charles XIV John of Sweden and Norway. Bernadotte had a long and decorated career in the French Army, when he was unexpectedly elected the heir to the childless King Charles XIII. His election was due to two main factors: the Swedish Army were in favour of electing a soldier in view of future complications with Russia, and he had shown kindness to Swedish prisoners during the recent war with Denmark, part of the Napoleonic Wars. Although he never learned to speak Swedish, during his reign, Sweden and Norway became united, and both experienced great material development.Artist: Joseph Nicolas Jouy

His capture at Cuddalore 1783?[edit]

According to the accounts in sources used in main article Jean Baptiste-Bernadotte was captured in the failed French assault on 25th June 1783 at the Siege of Cuddalore in India as corporal or sergeant in the marines and was looked after by the Hanoverian Colonel Waggenheim whom he would later meet him again in an interesting reunion when France annexed Hanover in 1804. Here is an example 'Napoleon and His Marshals - Vol. II Chapter XX' MARSHAL BERNADOTTE and I quote: Serving here two years he was sent to the East Indies, where, in a sortie, at Cuddalore, he was wounded and taken prisoner. Some have questioned this as a fable as it shows in this Napoleonic website Bernadotte-sahoib? Wondering if anyone could shed any more light on the matter. Bruich (Bruich) 19:57, 18 August 2010 (GMT)

Hello, Bernadotte was never posted to India. Every biography denies that he had been to India. In Barton's "The Amazing Career of Bernadotte," the author relates the genesis of the India rumor.

It goes as follows: While hosting a ball in Hannover in 1804, Bernadotte encountered a certain General von Gonheim, who had served with the British at the Siege of Cuddalore, where an element of Bernadotte's old regiment, the Royal-la-Marine, had served. The general asked Bernadotte if he had served in India, as he recalled the service of the Royal-la-Marine, and remembered that he had nursed a French prisoner, a young sergeant, back to health in his own tent. General von Gonheim was disappointed that the man had never contacted him afterwards, to thank him. The man was old and Bernadotte humored him be claiming to be the prisoner and thanked the old man for his kindness, and over the next year, showered him with marks of favor and distinction. Afterwards, an ADC asked Bernadotte if had actually served in India. Bernadotte laughed and said no, but he was repaying the man's kindness on behalf of his fellow regimental soldier.'' [1]

--User:SJCReecy (talk) 23:39, 19 May 2021 (UTC)


  1. ^ Barton, Dubar. (1921). Bernadotte and Napoleon 1799-1810. Pp. 95-96.

Too smooth description of how he unified Sweden and Norway[edit]

In the article Treaty of Kiel it is mentioned that Norway defied its annexation by Sweden, and instead Norway rose up as an independent state and fought Sweden (in the last war involving Sweden to date) in 1814. Only after both sides suffered from the strains of the war, they sought a compromise which changed the original annexation to a personal union. In this article, however, there is no mention of all that. Also, it is not entirely clear from this article that Charles XIV John was not actually the ruler of Sweden at the time of the unification with Norway. --ComradeMicha (talk) 20:49, 20 October 2010 (UTC)

Marshal Bernadotte's father[edit]

Jean Henri Bernadotte, the father of Marshal Bernadotte/King of Sweden and Norway, was magistrate at Pau as PROSECUTOR (translated by the word "PROCUREUR" in French) and not PROCURATOR !!! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:48, 25 June 2013 (UTC)

What about his wife, Desiree?[edit]

Bernadotte's wife is never mentioned in the article. She was Joseph Bonaparte's wife's sister. Please add info about their marriage. (talk) 13:20, 22 January 2016 (UTC)

Name problems[edit]

I rolled back 3 unsourced name adjustments. --SergeWoodzing (talk) 11:20, 11 April 2017 (UTC)

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There have been two (reverted) moves here. I think the current title is clearly correct by the MOS, so I will not be procedurally starting a move proposal unless technical assistance to do so is specifically requested. @Mullone: Please discuss on the talk page before moving this page again. power~enwiki (π, ν) 19:27, 15 December 2017 (UTC)

Rollback re: names[edit]

I rolled back 3 edits which contradicted the sources on his name. --SergeWoodzing (talk) 13:49, 11 May 2018 (UTC)

Interesting book about his ties to Napoleon[edit]

One user accused it of being a "blog" in a recent edit summary[1] I suggest you refrain using such slander and allow reliable book resources to displayed. (talk) 23:08, 27 December 2018 (UTC)


The part on his military career is full of positive spins. The content on his failures as a commander even looked apologetic on his behalf. A mediocre commander is made to look like a hero that is wronged and received injustice here. What a joke of a biased article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:09, 20 December 2019 (UTC)

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Requested move 19 June 2020[edit]

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The result of the move request was: Consensus to move (non-admin closure) (t · c) buidhe 05:45, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

Charles XIV John of SwedenCharles XIV John – Consistency with other articles recently moved following discussion at Talk:Carl XVI Gustaf#Requested move 9 June 2020. Opera hat (talk) 22:44, 19 June 2020 (UTC)

  • Support. I do not understand why it was not moved as part of that move request, where it was listed. Surtsicna (talk) 10:29, 20 June 2020 (UTC)
  • Oppose He is known at Charles III John in Norway- --SergeWoodzing (talk) 13:23, 20 June 2020 (UTC)
Same problem with Charles XV. --SergeWoodzing (talk) 13:39, 20 June 2020 (UTC)
I do not see how keeping the article at Charles XIV John of Sweden takes that into account. He is far more commonly known in English as the Fourteenth, which also happens to be the only ordinal he used and endorsed. Charles III John is virtually unheard of in English-language literature. Surtsicna (talk) 14:11, 20 June 2020 (UTC)
If I may, Charlie Jack was/is better known as a Swedish monarch. Sweden was the dominant partner in that union, though this may have irked (actually it kinda did, see 1905 events) Norwegians. GoodDay (talk) 15:18, 20 June 2020 (UTC)
  • Support frankly, this should be moved without wasting time with a discussion, as its ommission from the earlier, collective debate was presumably an oversight. Which means this is merely housekeeping. I note that SergeWoodzing abstained in that debate; the argument for opposing now is obscure to say the least. ——Serial # 13:30, 20 June 2020 (UTC)
Your reasoning is "obscure" as pertains to my valid comments. --SergeWoodzing (talk) 13:39, 20 June 2020 (UTC)
WP:COMMONNAME—the basis of the previous discussion in which you abstained—makes what he is known is in Norway, or Burkina Faso, irrelevant. Your oppose here is therefore "obscure" because you are arguing against COMMONNAME when you did not do so previously. Fyi. ——Serial # 13:59, 20 June 2020 (UTC)
  • Support. The other Swedish Charles's were just moved, so this one should be too. It's my fault that it wasn't moved with the others since I nominated it as part of a separate batch of requests. Allan Rice (talk) 14:03, 20 June 2020 (UTC)
WP guidelines generally frown upon citing other WP articles as reasons for changes. See essay WP:OTHER. --SergeWoodzing (talk) 14:12, 20 June 2020 (UTC)
What about WP:CONSISTENT? Allan Rice (talk) 14:23, 20 June 2020 (UTC)
Indeed. WP:OTHER is an essay; CONSISTENT is policy. I sometimes wonder, more broadly, if the editors who cite WP:OTHER have ever read as far as the third sentence. Iit doesn't say what they would presumably like it to say: it is important to realize that countering the keep or delete arguments of other people, or dismissing them outright, by simply referring them to this essay by name, and nothing else, is not encouraged. ——Serial # 14:32, 20 June 2020 (UTC)
Consistent would be not (not) to move articles about monarchs who ruled in different countries under different handles. --SergeWoodzing (talk) 15:04, 20 June 2020 (UTC)
I'm not sure I'd attempt to argue that it's more consistent to have articles scattered over different styles of page naming, but. ——Serial # 15:21, 20 June 2020 (UTC)
What we are dealing with here is only one problem: a monarch called different things in different countries of their reign. Nothing else is intended in my opposition. Why do on ignoring the only issue there is? --SergeWoodzing (talk) 15:38, 20 June 2020 (UTC)
But he was not called different things. He was officially Charles XIV John in both kingdoms (despite not being the fourteenth King Charles in either). And more importantly, he is almost exclusively called XIV in English-language sources. His name in modern lists of Norwegian kings can (and should) be stated in the article but it need not have any effect on the title. Surtsicna (talk) 15:49, 20 June 2020 (UTC)
Wrong. Is (not was) called different things is enough to take into consideration in this discussion. --SergeWoodzing (talk) 16:13, 21 June 2020 (UTC)
What exactly do you think you are disproving by citing this? What he is called in Norway today has no effect on what he is called in English-language historiography. WP:Article titles policy does not require us to consider what Norwegian people call something or someone. Surtsicna (talk) 16:23, 21 June 2020 (UTC)
And also, Norwegian Wikipedia is not a reliable source. See WP:CIRCULAR. Opera hat (talk) 18:25, 21 June 2020 (UTC)
User:SergeWoodzing I'm afraid I don't understand your reasoning. You aren't arguing that the article should be moved to Charles III John. So why do you care whether "of Sweden" is included or not? I would have thought removing the "of Sweden" gave more recognition to the fact that he was also King of Norway, not less (particularly as he was also known as Charles XIV John in Norway). If I remember rightly, the move from Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom to Elizabeth II was done to placate Canadian monarchists on Wikipedia who insisted that she was equally Elizabeth II of Canada. Opera hat (talk) 18:25, 21 June 2020 (UTC)
  • Support - I truly do rather that we go back to the Monarch of country style, for all bios on monarchs. But, since this style has been gradually rejected over these last few years. I may as well join the ride. GoodDay (talk) 15:12, 20 June 2020 (UTC)
Please at least read my opposition motive? Not a good one? --SergeWoodzing (talk) 15:36, 20 June 2020 (UTC)
Would a compromise version like Charles XIV & III John be acceptable? I'm taking note that we have James VI and I, even though England was the dominant partner in that union. GoodDay (talk) 15:40, 20 June 2020 (UTC)
Yes. --SergeWoodzing (talk) 16:13, 21 June 2020 (UTC)
Considering that it would be a Wikipedia invention, no. James VI and I, in contrast, is frequently called so. Surtsicna (talk) 16:23, 21 June 2020 (UTC)
Definitely not. Opera hat (talk) 18:25, 21 June 2020 (UTC)
  • Oppose - I see no advantage in this proposal. And I'm disappointed in GoodDay's reasoning. Deb (talk) 18:59, 21 June 2020 (UTC)
Conciseness is an advantage. And GoodDay seems to have just come full circle! In 2010 he wrote: "the Monarch # of country style is archaic." Surtsicna (talk) 19:14, 21 June 2020 (UTC)
Wikipedia has affected me that much over the years? GoodDay (talk) 23:07, 21 June 2020 (UTC)
@Deb: You're disappointed in my reasoning? Jeez, I can't seem to do anything right this month. I've been warned for pushing consistency across groups of articles & then for mentioning a certain word on British politics related articles. Gotta be my 'name' :( GoodDay (talk) 01:02, 22 June 2020 (UTC)
@GoodDay: No, it's because you say that you agree with the wording convention but you're not going to oppose because you want to go along with everyone else. That's not a good reason, is it? Deb (talk) 07:36, 22 June 2020 (UTC)
I'm just a bit weary. Anyways, a discussion should be taking place at WP:NCROY, as too many of these RMs are popping up, in the last few days. GoodDay (talk) 11:47, 22 June 2020 (UTC)
  • Support as consistent with set of other monarchies in dynasty.--Bob not snob (talk) 07:44, 23 June 2020 (UTC)

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Rollback of Norwegian name version as English[edit]

I rolled back 2 edits by an IP who would like us to treat "Karl Johan" as English. --SergeWoodzing (talk) 16:40, 2 July 2020 (UTC)

Carl Carlsson Mörner or Baron Gustav Mörner?[edit]

The article says "son of Baron Gustav Mörner, a commander of the Swedish force captured by Bernadotte at Lübeck". However, the article Battle of Lübeck states that the commander captured was named Carl Carlsson Mörner. A mistake? --Jbaranao (talk) 18:00, 30 October 2020 (UTC)

            I will do some research in the morning on this. Thank you for pointing out the discrepancy. --User:SJCReecy (talk) 23:39, 20 November 2020 (UTC)
            Hello, Jbaranao, thank you for your message on the issue of the correct Mörners. I have gone into my "Bernadotte Library" to ascertain which of these guys is the proper person who led the Swedish regiment at Lübeck and who helped start the candidacy of Bernadotte with the help of his nephew. Multiple sources confirm that you are correct, Colonel Count Gustave Mörner is the correct person. His nephew, Baron Otto Mörner is the one who went to Paris. Carl Carlsson Mörner is a completely different member of that extended family. I have corrected the error on the Lubeck entry, and on this page. Thank you for noticing! --User:SJCReecy (talk) 01:26, 25 November 2020 (UTC)

Primary portrait c. 1840[edit]

I notice there has been some wrangling over the article's main portrait. Originally it was said to be by Francois Gérard, however, the artist died in 1837. Moreover, the painting depicts a younger Charles John, perhaps in the early 1820s as by 1840 Bernadotte was clearly aged in many of his official portraits of the era depict him as very grey.

Could this painting be a much earlier work? Moreover, it doesn't look like a Gérard work.

User:SJCReecy (talk) 01:26, 15 December 2021 (UTC)

"all his official portraits of the era [1840] depict him as very grey and wrinkled" - where do you find such? --SergeWoodzing (talk) 14:45, 15 December 2021 (UTC)
Nationalmuseum ([2]) and Nordic Museum ([3]) both claim Emile Mascré as the artist of this portrait. It is dated 1843 by both museums. Cilidus (talk) 15:09, 15 December 2021 (UTC)
Thank you! --SergeWoodzing (talk) 18:01, 16 December 2021 (UTC)
Wonderful, thank you, Cilidus! --User:SJCReecy (talk) 01:26, 19 December 2021 (UTC)
Incidentally, someone has done a facial reconstruction of Karl XIV Johan based off his later years portraits. Qualitative analysis of royal portraits of the era (1835-1844) indicate only half of them depicted KJ as his true age. Interesting and amazing work on this: