During Christina’s time a Christian hegemony of both catholic and protestant brand had still a great power over subjectivity side by side with an aristocratic tradition in decline. The new national state was in its bud and absolute monarchy was after the French model a dominating ideal. Within this socio-political and cultural frame human behaviour was often discussed in relation to two philosophical aspects in contradiction with each other. One stems from neo-stoic forms of self-control and the other from more libertine versions of the human that can be traced back to epicureanism and other naturalist conceptions. In this paper I would like to highlight how Christina’s famous deviations from gender norms as a queen and an aristocratic woman can be seen as a specific response to the periods’ subjectivation of bodies and desire. I will do so by exploring two sources. First, I will look at these deviations through examples from contemporary accounts of her two French visits in 1658 and 1659. And secondly, I will look at some of her maxims that engage both neo-stoic and epicurean discussions of power and passions.