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Blanche I of Arendaal
By the Grace of God, Queen Regent of Arendaal and Suionia
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Queen Regent of Arendaal
Reign 1388 – 1408
Coronation Sep 1388, Kronstad
Predecessor King Edvard II
Successor King Niklaas III
Queen Regent of Suionia
Reign 1388 – 1408
Coronation Sep 1388, Suionia
Predecessor King Edvard II
Successor King Niklaas III
Consort Karl August of Saxony
Birth 7 July 1369, Goteborg
Death 18 June 1408, Thorvald
Father Crown Prince Lief of Arendaal
Mother Martha of Anglyn
Issue Niklaas III of Arendaal
Kristine, Talemantine Empress
Royal House Kapétien Dynasty
House of Langsvard
Full Name Blanche der Langsvard-Kapét
Religion Christian (Catholic)
Buried Norseland Chateau
OOC Lucrezia Borgia

Blanche I of Arendaal ("Pearl of the North") (1369 - 1408) was the Queen Regent of Arendaal and Queen Regent of Suionia between 1388 and 1408. She was the daughter of Crown Prince Lief of Arendaal and Martha of Anglyn. Her father died in 1379 and thus Blanche inherited the throne directly from her grandfather King Edvard II in 1388. She was the second Aren Monarch, and the only female ruler, to simultaneously be the Monarch of Suionia, as part of Union of Bergen (1350 - 1424), a series of personal unions by which the Kings of Arendaal also inherited the Crown of Suionia.


Blanche I, Queen of Arendaal and Suionia


The people of Arendaal adored Blanche I, praising her for her beauty and "inner grace of personality." Described as slender and of medium height, with green eyes and golden hair cascading down her back, she was said to be level headed, clever and shrewd. Her Suionian subjects were less content with her, and many nobles were bitter at being ruled by a woman. Some of Suionia’s writers painted her as a beautiful, heartless, rapacious, femme fatale whose interest in humanist views bordered on heresy, who took lovers and whose favourite past times included poisonings and garrotting’s.

Historians dismiss these claims as almost entirely fictional, having sprung from resentment over her gender and the serious attempts she made to modernize Suionian legislature and administration. In fact, of the three Aren monarchs to have ruled Suionia, Blanche I's reign was actually the most beneficial for that country. Nonetheless, the conflicting image of Blanche as a femme fatale on the one hand, and a sweet natured woman on the other persist even now.

Aren Royalty
Kapétien Dynasty
House of Langsvard

House of Sverker
Last monarch
   Isabelle I of Arendaal
Children include
   Sven III of Arendaal
Sven III
Consort
   Immanuelle of Saxony
Children include
   Kristian I of Arendaal
   Alienore,QueenofMontelimar
   Erika, Countess of Schlesnitz
   Hilda,Queen of Eiffelland
Kristian I
Consort
   Ursula of Franken
Children include
   Gisela I of Arendaal
Gisela I
Consort
   King of Suionia
Children include
   Edvard II of Arendaal
   Richenza,TalemantineEmpress
Edvard II
Consorts
   Louise of Montelimar
   Catharina of Batavie
Children include
   Crown Prince Lief (married Martha of Anglyn)
   Rikissa,Duchessof Franken
   Viveka,HolyGermanicEmpress
Grandchildren include
   Blanche I of Arendaal
   Nissa,Queen ofMontelimar
Blanche I
Consort
   Karl August of Saxony
Children include
    Niklaas III of Arendaal
    Kristine,TalemantineEmpress
House of Kronhielm

Queen Blanche I's husband, Karl August of Saxony

Her interest in the fine arts and expanding trade ties to southern Europe in many ways laid the foundations for the beginnings of the Aren Renaissance in 1408 with the reign of her son, Niklaas III. Blanche became a notable patron of the arts, often socializing with artists, bards, poets, intellectuals: she began the initial building of Norseland Chateau (which would later be rebuilt in a later Renaissance style), had the plans for the Villa d'Nord drawn up, and established it as a center for artists and writers.

Blanche I's reign saw the continuance of excellent relations with the German states of Europe, including Franken and the Holy Germanic Empire (Wiese). She married married Karl August of Saxony, a son of Holy Germanic Emperor Emperor Lothar II. Blanche's aunt was a Holy Germanic Empress, Viveka of Arendaal, having married Karl August's brother, Emperor Maximilian IV. She also arranged the marriage of her heir Niklaas to Anna of Franken.

Family, Marriage and ChildrenEdit

Queen Blanche I of Arendaal married Prince Karl August of Saxony, a son of Holy Germanic Emperor Emperor Lothar II. Their children included:

SiblingsEdit

Other Royal RelationsEdit

AncestorsEdit

Blanche I of Arendaal's ancestors in four generations:

 
 
 
 
 
King of Suionia
 
 
King of Suionia
 
 
 
 
 
 
Queen of Suionia
 
 
King Edvard II of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
King Kristian I of Arendaal
 
 
Queen Gisela I of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ursula of Franken
 
 
Crown Prince Lief of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
King Philippe II of Montelimar
 
 
King Charles VII of Montelimar
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alienore of Arendaal
 
 
Louise of Montelimar
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Queen of Montelimar
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
Blanche I of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
King Edmund I of Anglyn
 
 
King Edmund II of Anglyn
 
 
 
 
 
 
Queen of Anglyn
 
 
King Edmund III of Anglyn
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
Queen of Anglyn
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
Martha of Anglyn
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
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Wilma of Northumbria
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
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See AlsoEdit

Kapétien Dynasty
House of Langsvard

Regnal Titles
Preceded by
King Edvard II
1350 – 1388
Queen Regent of Arendaal
1388 – 1408
Succeeded by
King Niklaas III
1408 – 1424
Princess Regent of Norseberg
1388 – 1408
Grand Duchess Regent of Emyn Arnen
1388 – 1408
Suionian Royalty
Preceded by
King Edvard II
Queen Regent of Suionia
1388 – 1408
Succeeded by
King Niklaas III
Aren Royalty
Preceded by
Crown Prince
Lief
Crown Princess of Arendaal
Princess of Fjordholm

1379 - 1408
Succeeded by
Niklaas III

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