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Beatrix I of Arendaal
By the Grace of God, Queen Regent of all Arendaal
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Queen Regent of Arendaal
Reign 1740 - 1762
Coronation November 1740, Kronstad
Predecessor King Gustav V
Successor King Edvard IV
Consort Thomas of Franken
Birth Oct 1713, Leuven
Death Oct 1762, Nareath
Father King Gustav V of Arendaal
Mother Jacqueline of Eiffelland
Issue Edvard IV of Arendaal
Hathor III of Arendaal
Trigve of Arendaal
Evelina, Talemantine Empress
Adelaide, Queen of Anglyn
Klara, Queen of Cambria
Royal House Kapétien Dynasty
House of Nareath
Full Name Beatrix von Nareath-Kapét
Religion Christian (protestant)
Buried Nareath Palace

Beatrix I of Arendaal ("Beatrix the Fair" or "Madame Grand" or "The Empress of Fashion") (1713 - 1762) was the Queen Regent of Arendaal between 1735 and 1762. The eldest child of Gustav V of Arendaal, Emperor of the North and Jacqueline, Princess of Eiffelland, Beatrix I is intimately associated with the image of the 18th century Enlightenment ruler and sumptous Rococo luxury. She was also the first Aren Monarch since Kristian II in the 16th century not to have borne the title Emperor of the North. She declined the title following the rapid dissolution of Imperial territories in 1732-1735 when her father used the Empire’s vast resources to wage war on his brother, Emperor Isacco Beniamino II, for the right to the Talemantine Crown.


The musicality of Queen Beatrix, painted by Boilly


With Imperial and Aren finances in disarray, Beatrix, backed by her counsellors, allowed the Empire to end amicably. Her lack of aggression towards former territorial possessions was in Arendaal’s favour, since it allowed the KNH trading company to retain their trading posts and privileged status in former parts of the Empire.


Queen Beatrix I (left, in pink) with her eldest son, Edvard IV and a lady in waiting
Aren Royalty
Kapétien Dynasty
House of Nareath

House of Lundmark
Last monarch
   Kristianna I of Arendaal
Children include
   Gustav V of Arendaal
   Isacco Beniamino II of the Talemantine Empire
   Heloise, Empress of Wiese
   Liliana,Queenof Montelimar
   Kristine,Queen ofEiffelland
Gustav V
Consort
   m1. Jacqueline of Eiffelland
   m2. Sophie of Wendmark
Children include
   Beatrix I of Arendaal
Beatrix I
Consort
   Thomas of Franken
Children include
   Edvard IV of Arendaal
   Hathor III of Arendaal
   Trigve of Arendaal
   Adelaide, Queen of Anglyn
   Klara, Queen of Cambria
   Evelina,TalemantineEmpress
Grandchildren include
   Helene I of Arendaal
   Karl V of Arendaal
Edvard IV
Consorts
   m1. Evelynn of Anglyn
   m2. Victoria of Breotonia
Children include
   Helene I of Arendaal
   Victoria, Queen of Franken
Helene I
Consort
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Grandchildren include
   Grand Duke Johann
Hathor III
Consort
   Elisabeth of Lorraine
Children include
   Rurik of Arendaal (married Clemence of Lorraine)
Karl V
Consort
   m1.Julienne of Cambria
   m2.Ekaterina of Serbovia
Children include
   Pieter II of Arendaal
   Alexandra,QueenofMontelimar
   CzarinaAnastasia, GornoAltai
   Juliette,Queen ofCambria
   Klarissa,Marquised'Hennessy
Pieter II
Consort
   m1.Nadia of GreatEngellex
   m2. Anna of Wiese
Children include
   Louisa I of Arendaal
   Liliana,TalemantineEmpress
   Isabella, Queen of Franken
   Gisela,Queen of Eiffelland
Louisa I
Consort
   Arthur of Breotonia
Children include
   Anders of Arendaal (married Elisabeth of Wiese)
   Eliana,QueenofEngellex
   Charlotte,QueenofMontelimar
Grand children include
   Niklaas IV of Arendaal
   Madeleine,Empress ofWiese
Niklaas IV
Consort
   Karolina of Franken
Children include
   Freya I of Arendaal
   Louise, Queen of Anglyn
   Laine, Marquise d'Hennessy
Freya I
Consort
   Jean of Montelimar
Children include
   Sven V of Arendaal
   Marie,TalemantineEmpress
   Alienora,Queen ofEiffelland
   Helena,Queen of Engellex
   Eliska, Queen of Cambria
Sven V
Consort
   Agneta of Suionia
Children include
   Edvard V of Arendaal
   Lena of Saxony (Wiese)
   Rikissa, Sultana of Hajr
   Varik of Arendaal
Edvard V
Consort
   Laura of Franken
Children include
   Soren of Arendaal
   Katarina,QueenofMontelimar
   Sophia of Arendaal
   Iselin of Arendaal
   Kristianna of Arendaal
   Svea of Arendaal
   Evelina of Arendaal
   Isabelle of Arendaal
   Adeliza of Arendaal
Nieces/nephews include
   Elisa, Princess of the Talemantine Empire

She also re- established close beneficial relations with the Talemantine Empire, arranging for the marriage of her daughter Evelina to the future Talemantine Emperor Stefano Emanuelle IV

Beatrix’s reign was marked by a distinct Francoinian influence, thanks to her marriage to Thomas of Franken, as well as the French influence prevailing in 18th century Arendaal.


Queen Beatrix at the opera


Beatrix I was a popular, charismatic who delighted her courtiers with her extraordinary beauty, vivacity and wit. She was popular too with her subjects, who thought of her as having a good heart, confidence and courage. Throughout her reign, she focused on reforming laws along the lines of enlightened absolutism, especially to strengthen Arendaal's economy and encourage philosophical and social progress.


Beatrix as a Princess, at the ages of 7 (right) and 17 (left)


Unlike many of her contemporaries, she was not a particular believer in the Divine Right of Kings and, instead, regarded herself more as the "first servant of the state". As such she was deeply interested in improving the lives of ordinary citizens, improving sanitation, medical facilities and provision, the quality and extent of free education, and the quality of philosophical and scientific discussion and research within her Kingdom.


Queen Beatrix I (far left) with two of her sisters


She also recognized the importance of image to a ruler, and due to this, her Court was renowned as perhaps the most splendid in all Europe. She was also intelligent and often unscrupulous, even ruthless with her political opponents when she viewed them as a true threat to her policies. Foreigners were amazed at the sheer luxury of the sumptuous balls and masquerades. The Queen was known for her collection of the most exquisite jewellery and dresses of the age, many of which can still be seen at the Hermitage.


The beautiful Queen Beatrix I of Arendaal


Beatrix epitomized the appearance of an 18th century beauty and was famed for setting the fashion among the courts of Europe. What the Aren Queen wore was what every aristocrat immediately wanted to wear as well. According to the Wiese Ambassador to her court, Beatrix had "dazzling wit and a glorious figure, wide eyes which owe their extraordinary beauty not only to their wide shape and long lashes, but to the uncertainty of their colour - they have the sparkle of black eyes, the tender languor of blue, at times the particular finesse of grey and even the cool beauty of violet. Their indeterminate colour seems to render them ready for all kinds of seduction and to express in succession all the impressions of a very mobile soul." Beatrix's husband, Thomas of Franken wrote of her after her death: "Her eyes were of a fire, a spirituality, a brilliancy I have never seen in any other woman."


The first meeting of Queen Beatrix I and Thomas of Franken


The couple had a strong relationship, and doted on their children. She gushed that hers were "beautiful children, the most beautiful one can imagine." Her indulgence was often cited both for the many virtues and the many faults which they exhibited. Her son Edvard IV would become famous for his musical patronage, a passion which Beatrix shared: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was among the many composers to whom she acted as patron.


The Court of Queen Beatrix I of Arendaal


Family, Marriage and ChildrenEdit

Queen Beatrix I of Arendaal married Prince Thomas of Franken. Their children included:


Other Royal RelationsEdit

AncestorsEdit

Beatrix I of Arendaal's ancestors in four generations:

 
 
 
 
 
Isacco Beniamino I of the Talemantine Empire
 
 
Emperor Beniamino IX of the Talemantine Empire
 
 
 
 
 
 
Talemantine Empire
 
 
Emperor Theodore VII of the Talemantine Empire
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Talemantine Empress
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
Gustav V of Arendaal, Emperor of the North
 
 
 
 
 
 
Greger I of Arendaal, Emperor of the North
 
 
Crown Prince Frederik of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marie of Montelimar
 
 
Kristianna I of Arendaal, Empress of the North
 
 
 
 
 
 
King of Batavië
 
 
Johanna of Batavie
 
 
 
 
 
 
Queen of Batavië
 
Beatrix I of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
King of Eiffelland
 
 
King of Eiffelland
 
 
 
 
 
 
Queen of Eiffelland
 
 
King of Eiffelland
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
Queen of Eiffelland
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
Jacqueline of Eiffelland
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
x
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
Queen of Eiffelland
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
x
 
 
 
 
 
 
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See AlsoEdit

Kapétien Dynasty
House of Nareath

Aren Regnal Titles
Preceded by
King Gustav V
1715 – 1735
Queen Regent of Arendaal
1735 – 1762
Succeeded by
King Edvard IV
1762 – 1782
Princess Regent of Norseberg
1735 – 1762
Grand Duchess Regent of Emyn Arnen
1735 – 1762
Grand Duchess Regent of Nareath
1735 – 1762
Aren Royalty
Preceded by
King Gustav V
Crown Princess of Arendaal
Princess of Fjordholm

1715 - 1735
Succeeded by
King Edvard IV

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