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Helene I of Arendaal
By the Grace of God, Queen Regent of all Arendaal
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Queen Regent of Arendaal
Reign 1782 - 1790
Coronation September 1782, Kronstad
Predecessor King Edvard IV
Successor King Hathor III
Consort
Birth 18 July 1765, Kronstad
Death 12 June 1791, Lulea
Father King Edvard IV of Arendaal
Mother Victoria of Breotonia
Issue Crown Prince Magnus (d.1786)
Harald of Svealand (illegitimate)
Marguerite of Göteborg (illegitimate)
Royal House Kapétien Dynasty
House of Nareath
Full Name Helene von Nareath-Kapét
Religion Christian (Protestant)
Buried Versailles

Helene I of Arendaal ("Helene the Beautiful" or "The Magdalene") (1765 - 1791) was the Queen Regent of Arendaal between 1782 and 1790. She was the daughter of King Edvard IV of Arendaal and his second wife Victoria of Breotonia.


Allegory of Helene I as Venus


Helene was known for her beauty, audacity, and charm, but was said to lack "good sense", and to have been spoiled by her dotting parents. She is considered a controversial character in the History of Arendaal, as she openly had affairs and, having borne two illegitimate children, even tried to fight for their right to the succession.


Queen Helene I 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
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
   [[]]
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

After the fall of her uncle and successor Hathor III during the 1790-1800 Revoltion of Light, and with the ascent of her cousin, Karl V, Helene was lauded as a tragic figure thwarted by the constraints of the time by many Romantics. Others saw her as imprudent and even foolish. This conflicting view of Helene as a tragic heroine and foolhardy still exists today.


Queen Helene I of Arendaal

Helene was a renowned beauty said to greatly resemble her grandmother, Queen Beatrix I. She was so striking in appearance that by the time she was fifteen, the Wieser Ambassador to Arendaal reported that there was not a man at court who was not infatuated with the young Princess.

A tall and ravishing blonde with a noble carriage and the loveliest of faces, she had dazzling eyes with dark lashes, a delicate complexion, and a rosebud mouth to which laughter came easily. Painters of every standing were anxious to have her as a model.


Queen Helene I depicted as a painter


The philosopher Magnusen wrote that the young Queen "had all the graces, all the freshness and all the gaiety of youth; she danced, sang, played comedy; she lacked no agreeable talent. She liked literature and the arts. She had a lofty soul, sensitive and generous. She was well brought up, amiable, graceful and talented, born with a keen mind and a good heart".

Despite her myriad personal graces, Helene would prove to be a disastrous politician. She had little mind for political affairs and lacked the discipline to be the efficient administrator that her Kingdom so sorely needed. The socio-political and economic organization of government desperately needed to be restructured but Helene, like her immediate successor Hathor III, lacked the political wherewithal to undertake such reforms.


The first hot air balloon at the Court of Helene I of Arendaal


At the age of 16, in 1781, she was promptly married to X, a Prince of Suionia (?), only a year before she became Queen. The marriage was arranged to cement the 1771 peace treaty between the two Kingdoms.


The relationship of Helene I and her husband was tumultous. Although the pair were infatuated with each other, both had stormy tempers and often fought. Their only child, Crown Prince Magnus, was born in 1786 but died shortly afterwards. The couple were grief stricken and the following year X followed their son to an early grave after a riding accident. Helene was reportedly "mad with grief" at the loss of her husband, and her behaviour became increasingly reckless.


Helene I of Arendaal with a younger sister


After her husband's death in 1787, Helene openly began a series of affairs with various noblemen at her court. The young Queen's indiscretions were the source of ferverant gossip which grew to fever pitch when, in the autumn of 1789, she gave birth to a child. To the astonishment of Europe, Helene openly acknowledged that her child was illegitimate, fathered by the married Niklaas der Vasterkvist, Count of Göteborg.

Her comportment created a scandal and the country's more conservative elements openly called for her immediate abdication. What was unusual about Helene I was not her affairs, for previous Queen Regents and even Queen Consorts had done likewise, but that she did so openly. The stringent opposition she faced exposed the hypocrisy of the supposed equal 18th century Aren society: whereas Kings could and did have illegitimate issue whom they acknowledged, Queens simply could not. In late 1790, while visiting Lulea in Northern Arendaal, and was pregnant with her second illegitimate child, Helene was forcibly ousted by her Council and replaced by her uncle, Hathor III of Arendaal. She was confined at Lulea Palace where she died giving birth to her daughter Marguerite in 1791. Rumours of poisoning and murder abounded as soon as news of her death became public.

Helene I's reign is notable for little else than her dramatic personal life: she was never much of a politician, entrusting much of the business of government to her ministers and was swayed by the whims of her favourites. Her lack of action or interest in governance lent credance to writers and activists calling for political reform and the granting of greater power to ordinary citizens.


"The stolen kiss", depicting Queen Helene I and her lover, Count Niklaas of Göteborg


Helene's policies did little to remedy archaic economic and military practices, and thus it is likely that Helene I would have faced the same kind of popular uprising that her uncle and successor Hathor III encountered in the Revolution of Light (1790-1800).

On a social level her reign saw the continued increase of the middle class and a continued flourishing in the arts. The merchant class grew ever more powerful, thanks in large part to the success of the KNH, the joint Aren-Scanian trading company. Helene I shared her father's love of music and surpassed him in her love to painting. In her own right she proved an accomplished, if not original, artist. She was re-buried with honours at the Palace of Versailles by her cousin King Karl V in 1800, nine years after her death.

Family, Marriage and ChildrenEdit

Queen Helene I of Arendaal married [[]]. Their children included:

  • Magnus, Crown Prince of Arendaal - who died shortly after is birth in 1786

After her husband's abrupt death in 1787, Helene had two illegitimate children with Niklaas der Vasterkvist, Count of Göteborg. They were:

  • Harald der Vasterkvist, Duke of Svealand (1789 - 1865) - created Duke of Svealand by his uncle Karl V of Arendaal in 1810
  • Marguerite der Vasterkvist, Countess of Göteborg (1791 - 1870) - received her brothers title of Count of Göteborg in 1810

SiblingsEdit

Other Royal RelationsEdit

AncestorsEdit

Helene I of Arendaal's ancestors in four generations:

 
 
 
 
 
King Nikolaus V of Franken
 
 
King Henrich VII of Franken
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alais of Arendaal
 
 
Thomas of Franken
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
Queen of Franken
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
King Edvard IV of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
Emperor Theodore VII of the Talemantine Empire
 
 
King Gustav V of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
Queen Regent Kristianna I of Arendaal
 
 
Queen Beatrix I of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
King of Eiffelland
 
 
Jacqueline of Eiffelland
 
 
 
 
 
 
Queen of Eiffelland
 
Helene I of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
King of Breotonia
 
 
King of Breotonia
 
 
 
 
 
 
Queen of Breotonia
 
 
King of Breotonia
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
Queen of Breotonia
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
Victoria of Breotonia
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
x
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
Queen of Breotonia
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
x
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 

See AlsoEdit

Kapétien Dynasty
House of Nareath

Regnal Titles
Preceded by
King Edvard IV
1762 – 1782
Queen Regent of Arendaal
1782 – 1790
Succeeded by
King Hathor III
1790 – 1800
Princess Regent of Norseberg
1782 – 1790
Grand Duchess Regent of Emyn Arnen
1782 – 1790
Grand Duchess Regent of Nareath
1782 – 1790
Aren Royalty
Preceded by
King Edvard IV
Crown Princess of Arendaal
Princess of Fjordholm

1765 - 1782
Succeeded by
King Hathor III

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