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Helena of Franken
By the Grace of God, Queen of all Arendaal
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Queen Consort of Arendaal
Consort to King Frederik II of Arendaal
Consort 1520 – 1545
Predecessor Caitlin of Eireann
Successor Blanche of Montelimar
From Franken
Birth 1498, Nürnberg
Death 1580, Loire
Marriage 1514, Chateau de Champagne
Father Duke Nikolaus IV of Franken
Mother Duchess of Franken
Issue Johannes I of Arendaal
Katherine I of Arendaal
Bjorn III of Arendaal
Royal House House of Knýtling (by birth)
House of Norregaard (by marriage)
Full Name Helena Knýtling der Norregaard-Kapét
Religion Christian (Catholic)
Buried Kronhielm Tombs

Helena of Franken ("Helena the Fair") (1498 - 1580) was the wife of King Frederik II of Arendaal and thus the Queen Consort of Arendaal between 1520 and 1545. She was the mother of three successive Aren Monarchs: Johannes I, Katherine I and Bjorn III. Helena's husband was known as The Renaissance King, and Kristianna presided over his glittering court such regal fashion that her comportment earned her admiration within Arendaal and throughout Europe.


Helena, Princess of Franken and Queen Consort of Arendaal


Helena lived throughout the turbulent reigns of her children Johannes I, Katherine I and Bjorn III, the reign of her grandson Kristian II and into the prosperous reign of her great-granddaughter Adeliza I. She was a prominent member of her son Johannes' court, but retired to Norse Lorraine during the reigns of her subsequent children. She was also often at the court of her grandson and, later, of her great-granddaughter Adeliza I.


A monk presenting a Book of Hours to Queen Helena
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

The dashing Frederik and his delicately beautiful Queen were a handsome couple. His imposing personality over-shadowed her more reserved nature and her political influence was not acute during his reign.

However, far from being a meek character, historians argue that Helena was an intelligent woman who merely sought to avoid involvement in court intrigues.

Although Arendaal was wrought by religious conflict after her husband's reign and although her own native country would become Protestant, Helena did not make an issue of her faith. She was pious but shared her husband's opinion that religious conviction was a personal, rather than a public, matter.


Marriage of King Frederik II and Helena of Franken

Consequently, she did not take sides in the conflicts which raged between Catholics and Protestants and her husband's successors. During the Wars of Religion (1545-1560) she lived quietly on her estates, offering sanctuary to her grandson Kristian II as well as to her Catholic daughters-in-law, Blanche of Montelimar and Sophie of Eiffelland. She was also the most readily accepting of Kristian's choice of bride, Frederika of Suionia.

Family, Marriage and ChildrenEdit

Princess Helena of Franken married King Frederik II of Arendaal in 1512, at the age of 14 (her husband was 16). Their children included:

Other Royal RelationsEdit

AncestorsEdit

Helena of Franken, Queen of Arendaal's ancestors in four generations:

 
 
 
 
 
Duke Heinrich IV of Franken
 
 
Heinrich V of Franken, Holy Germanic Emperor
 
 
 
 
 
 
Duchess of Franken
 
 
Heinrich VI of Franken, Holy Germanic Emperor
 
 
 
 
 
 
Prince Charles of Montelimar
 
 
Madeleine of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
Queen Madeleine I of Arendaal
 
 
Duke Nikolaus IV of Franken
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Holy Germanic Empress
 
 
 
 
 
 
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See AlsoEdit

Consorts of the Kapétien Dynasty
House of Norregaard
Aren Royalty
Preceded by
Caitlin of Eireann
1517 – 1520
Queen Consort of Arendaal
1520 – 1545
Succeeded by
Blanche of Montelimar
1545 – 1550
Princess Consort of Norseberg
1520 – 1545
Grand Duchess Consort of Emyn Arnen
1520 – 1545

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