Edvard IV of Arendaal
By the Grace of God, King of all Arendaal
King of Arendaal
Reign 1762 - 1782
Coronation November 1762, Kronstad
Predecessor Queen Beatrix I
Successor Queen Helene I
Consorts Evelynn of Anglyn (d. 1763)
Victoria of Breotonia
Birth 20 Nov 1730, Versailles
Death 15 Aug 1782, Nareath
Mother Queen Beatrix I of Arendaal
Father Thomas of Franken
Issue Helene I of Arendaal
Viktoria, Queen of Franken
Royal House Kapétien Dynasty
House of Nareath
Full Name Edvard von Nareath-Kapét
Religion Christian (Protestant)
Buried Nareath Palace

Edvard IV of Arendaal ("The Musical King") (1730 - 1782) was the King of Arendaal between 1762 and his death in 1782. He was the son of Queen Regent Beatrix I of Arendaal and Thomas Knytling of Franken. He is best remembered for his devotion to music, which earned him the nickname, the "musical king". He commissioned numerous operas from numerous prolific composers, acting as the most prolific patron of Arendaal's famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as well as one of the major patrons of Joseph Haydn.

Equestrian portrait of King Edvard IV of Arendaal

Like his mother and grand father, Edvard IV was a prominent proponent of enlighte -ned absolutism. He continued their many modernizing reforms, but in terms of innovation and effectiveness, he was less successful as a ruler than his two illustrious House of Nareath predecessors.

King Edvard IV of Arendaal
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
   m1. Jacqueline of Eiffelland
   m2. Sophie of Wendmark
Children include
   Beatrix I of Arendaal
Beatrix I
   Thomas of Franken
Children include
   Edvard IV of Arendaal
   Hathor III of Arendaal
   Trigve of Arendaal
   Adelaide, Queen of Anglyn
   Klara, Queen of Cambria
Grandchildren include
   Helene I of Arendaal
   Karl V of Arendaal
Edvard IV
   m1. Evelynn of Anglyn
   m2. Victoria of Breotonia
Children include
   Helene I of Arendaal
   Victoria, Queen of Franken
Helene I
Grandchildren include
   Grand Duke Johann
Hathor III
   Elisabeth of Lorraine
Children include
   Rurik of Arendaal (married Clemence of Lorraine)
Karl V
   m1.Julienne of Cambria
   m2.Ekaterina of Serbovia
Children include
   Pieter II of Arendaal
   CzarinaAnastasia, GornoAltai
   Juliette,Queen ofCambria
Pieter II
   m1.Nadia of GreatEngellex
   m2. Anna of Wiese
Children include
   Louisa I of Arendaal
   Isabella, Queen of Franken
   Gisela,Queen of Eiffelland
Louisa I
   Arthur of Breotonia
Children include
   Anders of Arendaal (married Elisabeth of Wiese)
Grand children include
   Niklaas IV of Arendaal
   Madeleine,Empress ofWiese
Niklaas IV
   Karolina of Franken
Children include
   Freya I of Arendaal
   Louise, Queen of Anglyn
   Laine, Marquise d'Hennessy
Freya I
   Jean of Montelimar
Children include
   Sven V of Arendaal
   Alienora,Queen ofEiffelland
   Helena,Queen of Engellex
   Eliska, Queen of Cambria
Sven V
   Agneta of Suionia
Children include
   Edvard V of Arendaal
   Lena of Saxony (Wiese)
   Rikissa, Sultana of Hajr
   Varik of Arendaal
Edvard V
   Laura of Franken
Children include
   Soren of Arendaal
   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

In spite of new wealth generated by the growth of the KNH, the expenses of his government quickly spun out of control. This strain on Aren coffers would worsen during the reign of Edvard's immediate successors and would serve as a major impetus for the Revolution of Light in 1800.

Edvard IV showing pointing to a map of KNH routes

At the time and in historical memory, however, Edvard IV was a popular ruler. He was handsome, dashing and charming, a consumate "golden boy" in every sense, whose confidence and fun-loving nature attracted courtiers, and whose leadership qualities and kind-heartedness made 'ordinary' citizens sincerely attached to him.

Edvard IV and his brothers, Hathor III and Trigve

In line with his famous musical patronage the King established the Aren ballet and operatic schools that would soon become famous throughout Europe and which retain this popularity even today.

Edvard IV also continued in the footsteps of his predecessors in the realm of social reform. He strengthened rules which banned discrimination against Jews, Catholics and other religious minorities, improved the quality of sanitoriums and educational facilities and encouraged the promulgation of enlightenment ideals.

Edvard IV with his first wife, Evelynn of Anglyn

Edvard IV was an imposing but likeable personality, though critics claimed he had been spoiled by the indulgence of his parents. He was very close to his siblings, especially to his brothers Hathor III and Trigve, of whom he was by far the most out going. The famous portrait aptly titled "The Three Brothers" (below) shows the three in their twenties, and is still on display at Karlheim Palace.

Edvard IV's Queens, Evelynn of Anglyn (left) and Victoria of Breotonia (right)

In his personal life, Edvard IV faced tragedy when his first wife, Evelynn of Anglyn, died in 1763. She suffered a series of miscarriages and general ill health througout her marriage. Given her untimely death, she became a favourite tragic heroine in Aren literature. Of her death the King said: "I could not be more saddened by a death. It seems ridiculous that a beautiful woman, in the midst of a splendid life, should fade away so suddenly".

A year after Queen Evelynn died, Edvard married Victoria of Breotonia by whom he had issue. Though both marriages were generally happy ones, his wives were perpetually distressed by his many casual affairs.

King Edvard IV and second wife Victoria of Breotonia with their children, including a young Helene I and Viktoria, Queen of Franken

Edvard IV, who was vigorous, lusty, and accustomed to having his own way, had many mistresses. This was especially the case during his first marriage, when he and Queen Evelynn failed to produce any children.

King Edvard IV of Arendaal and Victoria of Breotonia gaze upon the new born daughter, Helene I

His behaviour was somewhat more upstanding with his regards to his second wife, whom he may have sometimes treated inconsiderately, but never cruelly. Edvard's mistresses were rarely his mistresses for long, and exerted little influence over him or over courtly life in general. Queen Victoria reigned supreme at Court and ladies whom she suspected of 'familiarity' with the King were routinely dismissed from the Royal Palaces.

In addition to the musical flowering that his court is remembered for, Edvard IV's court is known for its spectacular fashions.

Opening of an opera by Mozart at the Court of King Edvard IV

In this, like in artistic patronage, the aristocracy continued to expand upon the opulent traditions of the King's predecessors Gustav V and Beatrix I. Fashion in his reign reached heights of fantasy and abundant ornamentation, with wigs, powder, huge elaborate gowns and immense hairstyles. It was only after Edvard IV's reign that a long-simmering movement toward simplicity and democratization of dress began, commencing in the reign of Edvard's daughter Queen Helene I and flourishing later under his nephew King Karl V.

Family, Marriage and ChildrenEdit

King Edvard IV of Arendaal was married twice. With his first wife, Princess Evelynn of Anglyn (died in 1763), whom he married in 1746, he had no issue.

His second marriage was in 1764 to Princess Victoria of Breotonia. Their children included:


Other Royal RelationsEdit


Edvard IV of Arendaal's ancestors in four generations:

King Jakob III of Franken
King Nikolaus V of Franken
Queen of Franken
King Henrich VII of Franken
Magnus II of Arendaal, Emperor of the North
Alais of Arendaal
Diane of Breotonia
Thomas of Franken
Queen of Franken
King of Breotonia
Queen of Breotonia
Edvard IV of Arendaal
Emperor Beniamino IX of the Talemantine Empire
Emperor Theodore VII of the Talemantine Empire
Talemantine Empress
Gustav V of Arendaal, Emperor of the North
Crown Prince Frederik of Arendaal
Kristianna I of Arendaal, Empress of the North
Johanna of Batavie
Queen Beatrix I of Arendaal
King of Eiffelland
King of Eiffelland
Queen of Eiffelland
Jacqueline of Eiffelland
Queen of Eiffelland

See AlsoEdit

Kapétien Dynasty
House of Nareath

Aren Regnal Titles
Preceded by
Queen Beatrix I
1740 - 1762
King of Arendaal
1762 – 1782
Succeeded by
Queen Helene I
1782 - 1790
Prince of Norseberg
1762 – 1782
Grand Duke of Emyn Arnen
1762 – 1782
Grand Duke of Nareath
1762 – 1782
Aren Royalty
Preceded by
Queen Beatrix I
Crown Prince of Arendaal
Prince of Fjordholm

1740 - 1762
Succeeded by
Queen Helene I

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