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Blanche of Montelimar
By the Grace of God, Queen of all Arendaal
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Queen Consort of Arendaal
Consort to King Johannes I of Arendaal
Consort 1545 - 1550
Predecessor Helena of Franken
Successor Matthieu of Lorraine
From Montelimar
Birth 1513, Valmy
Death 1583, Kronstad
Marriage 1529, Norseland Chateau
Father King Philippe IV of Montelimar
Mother Queen of Montelimar
Issue Kristian II of Arendaal
Adele, Talemantine Empress
Elisa, Queen of Anglyn
Royal House House of Brissac (by birth)
House of Norregaard (by marriage)
Full Name Blanche de Brissac der Norregaard-Kapét
Religion Christian (Catholic)
Buried Chateau de Champagne

Blanche of Montelimar ("Blanche the Beautiful") (1513 - 1583) was the wife of King Johannes I of Arendaal and thus the Queen Consort of Arendaal between 1545 and 1550. The daughter of King Philippe IV of Montelimar, she married the young Aren King but was quickly widowed following his sudden death. She is best known as the mother of King Kristian II "the Great".


A miniature depicting the beautiful Queen Blanche

Known as one of the most beautiful princesses in Europe with "dazzling dark eyes", Blanche was shy and poltiically indecisive, much like her husband. The young couple were well suited in temperament and are said to have been the "handsomest pair in the Kingdom". Blanche proved a popular figure at the glittering Renaissance court of Johannes' father, Frederik II. She danced well, played cards and proved the perfect counterpoint to the antics of her handsome husband.


Blanche of Montelimar, Queen of Arendaal
Aren Royalty
Kapétien Dynasty
House of Norregaard

House of Kronhielm
Last monarchs
   Marguerite I of Arendaal
   Rurik II of Arendaal
Marguerite I's children
   Frederik II of Arendaal
   Gisela, Queen of Franken
   Malena,HolyGermanicEmpress
Frederik II
Consort
   Helena of Franken
Children include
   Johannes I of Arendaal
   Katherine I of Arendaal
   Bjorn III of Arendaal
Johannes I
Consort
   Blanche of Montelimar
Children include
   Kristian II of Arendaal
   Elisa, Queen of Anglyn
   Adele,TalemantineEmpress
Katherine I
Consort
   Matthieu of Lorraine
Bjorn III
Consort
   Sophie of Eiffelland
Kristian II
Consort
   Frederika of Suionia
Children include
   Adeliza I of Arendaal
   Elisabet,Queen ofEiffelland
Adeliza I
Consort
   Robert of Franken
Children include
   Edvard III of Arendaal
   Alienore of Havenshire
   Karolina,QueenofMontelimar
House of Lundmark

King Johannes I's brief reign was marked by the worsening of tensions between Catholics and Protestants, which would erupt into full scale war with his premature death in 1545. Blanche was a mild mannered figure but reportedly castigated her son Kristian II for his conversion to Protestantism.

Nonetheless, she supported his claim to the Aren throne. Upon Johannes' death, however, his devotedly Catholic sister Katherine I of Arendaal seized the throne, declaring the 'heretic' Kristian unfit to rule.

As Kristian fled north to avoid capture, Katherine had Blanche put under house arrest at Goteborg Citadel. The two had always had a tense relationship, with the proud and intellectual Katherine often disparaged Blanche's intelligence and referred to her as "soppy and wet". Blanche was closer to her sister-in-law (Bjorn III's wife) Sophie of Eiffelland, who may have helped Blanche in her 1553 escape from Goteborg. Three years after her incarceration, Blanche supposedly escaped by fleeing across snow-covered land in a white cape. She sought refuge with her mother-in-law Helena of Franken on her estates in Norse Lorraine. Helena was one figure whose 'immunity' during the Wars of Religion was never contested by either side, making her estates the last sanctuary in the land.


Blanche's husband, King Johannes I of Arendaal

Katherine's reign was followed by that of her brother Bjorn III and the continuation of bloody battles between Protestant and Catholic. Finally in 1560 Kristian defeated Bjorn's forces and was crowned King of Arendaal. Although Blanche herself was a devout Catholic, she supported his implementation of Acts for the Preservation of Religious Freedoms which sought to guarantee the Aren populace freedom of worship. Blanche dotted on her grandchildren, calling her granddaughter Adeliza I the "prettiest, cleverist and dearest little creature".


Wedding banquet of Blanche of Montelimar and Johannes I of Arendaal


Family, Marriage and ChildrenEdit

Princess Blanche of Montelimar married King Johannes I of Arendaal in 1529. Their children included:

Other Royal RelationsEdit

AncestorsEdit

Blanche of Montelimar, Queen of Arendaal's ancestors in four generations:

 
 
 
 
 
King Jean V of Montelimar
 
 
King Phillippe III of Montelimar
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nissa of Arendaal
 
 
King Jean VI of Montelimar
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Prince Charles of Montelimar
 
 
King Gustav IV of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
Queen Madeleine I of Arendaal
 
 
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See AlsoEdit

Consorts of the Kapétien Dynasty
House of Norregaard
Aren Royalty
Preceded by
Helena of Franken
1520 - 1545
Queen Consort of Arendaal
1545 - 1550
Succeeded by
Matthieu of Lorraine
1550 – 1554
Princess Consort of Norseberg
1545 - 1550
Grand Duchess Consort of Emyn Arnen
1545 - 1550

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