Taking place during the first half of the sixteenth century, The Fall of the King tells the story of dreamy, slacking student Mikkel Thogersen and the entanglements that ultimately bring him into service as a mercenary under King Christian II of Denmark. Moving from the Danish countryside to Stockholm during the execution of Swedish bility and finally to the imprisonment of Mikkel and Christian, the narrative is a lyrical encapsulation of the fall --the fall of country, history, individuals, and nature.Twice voted as the most important Danish vel of the twentieth century, The Fall of the King is both an epic depiction of real events and a complex psychological vel. Half pure narration, half prose poem, its scenes of brute realism mixed with rhapsodical passages make it a work of artistic genius.
Johannes V. Jensen (1873-1950) is widely considered the first great Danish writer of the twentieth century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1944.