Few golden ages, whether the Netherlands in the 17th century, Elizabeth I’s England or Spain for a century from 1580, have had such abject beginnings as the Danish Golden Age. In 1801 the British defeated Denmark’s navy at the Battle of Copenhagen; in 1807 British ships bombarded Copenhagen itself, destroying swathes of the city and causing substantial loss of life; in 1813 the state was declared bankrupt and the following year it was stripped of Norway, after 400 years as its overlord, as punishment for its support of Napoleon, however lukewarm.

Source: The Danish Golden Age | Apollo Magazine

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