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Karl III of Arendaal
By the Grace of God, King of all Arendaal
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King of Arendaal
Reign 1036 - 1057
Coronation July 1036, Kronstad
Predecessor King Matthias I
Successor King Bjorn II
Consort Adriana of the Talemantine Empire
Birth 1019, Thorvald
Death 1057, Thorvald
Father King Matthias I of Arendaal
Mother Anna Maria of Swabia
Issue Bjorn II of Arendaal
Leonor I of Arendaal
Royal House Kapétien Dynasty
House of Blixtskiold
Full Name Karl von Blixtskiold -Kapét
Religion Christian (Catholic)
Buried Saint Chapelle, Emyn Arnen

Karl III of Arendaal ("Karl the Pious") (1019 - 1057) was the King of Arendaal between 1036 and 1057. He was the son of King Matthias I of Arendaal and Anna Maria of Swabia, daughter of Holy Germanic Emperor Heinrich II. Karl's father, Saint Matthias, was canonized during his son's reign in 1040.

Matthias I was responsible for declaring Arendaal a Christian Kingdom in 1020, and as such Karl received a deeply religious upbringing. This is partly due to the influence of his mother, who, as a Princess of the Holy Germanic Empire, was eager that her husband's court and household adhere firmly to the 'new' faith (as it was dubbed in Northern Europe). He spent most of his early life in a monastery. It has been speculated that he may have wanted to take monastic vows, but was dissuaded by councillors who stressed the need to produce an heir to the throne. However, another line of thought holds that Karl III was not nearly so ferverent in his devotion as is evidenced by his choice of bride: he married the Orthodox princess, Adriana of the Talemantine Empire, daughter of the Talemantine Emperor, Isacco III. Most historians believe that Karl III was more concerned with close ties to the important Christian Kingdoms of the day: the powerful Holy Germanic Empire through his mother, and the Talemantine Empire, heir to Ancient Tibur, through his wife. His marriage was initially opposed by his formidable mother, but she appears to have been placated when Karl's children were raised Catholic.

Either way, he cultivated his own image as a devout Catholic, building numerous monestaries, cathedrals and churches, and founding religious orders. Hence his epithet, "the Pious". His contemporary critics however, especially Papal legates sometimes referred to him as "the Heretic" due to his choice of bride.

Family, Marriage and ChildrenEdit

King Karl III of Arendaal married Princess Adriana of the Talemantine Empire, daughter of Emperor Isacco III. Their children included:

SiblingsEdit

Other Royal RelationsEdit

AncestorsEdit

Karl III of Arendaal's ancestors in four generations:

 
 
 
 
 
Ethelwulf of Skaneland
 
 
King Gustav III of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
Queen Svea I of Arendaal
 
 
King Edvard I of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Queen of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
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King Matthias I of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Queen of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Karl III of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
Duke of Swabia
 
 
Holy Germanic Emperor Heinrich I
 
 
 
 
 
 
Duchess of Swabia
 
 
Holy Germanic Emperor Heinrich II
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Hoy Germanic Empress
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Anna Maria of Swabia
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Holy Germanic Empress
 
 
 
 
 
 
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See AlsoEdit

Kapétien Dynasty
House of Blixtskiold
Aren Regnal Titles
Preceded by
King Matthias I
1016 - 1036
King of Arendaal
1036 - 1057
Succeeded by
King Bjorn II
1057 - 1060
Prince of Norseberg
1036 - 1057
Duke of Emyn Arnen
1036 - 1057
Aren Royalty
Preceded by
King Matthias I
Heir to the Aren Throne
1019 - 1036
Succeeded by
King Bjorn II

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