Interesting article, especially the things related to Karl XII (his dirty boots, very realistic).
Thank you for posting it.
I'm not a native speaker, but if you allow, I would suggest a slight correction. "His family weapon..." I'm almost sure that you have meant "a coat of arms". Wappen, vapen, weapon... Quite easy to mix up.
Nullo modo, amice.
"Ulrich von Lichtenstein"