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Katherine I of Arendaal
By the Grace of God, Queen Regent of all Arendaal
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Queen Regent of Arendaal
Reign 1550 - 1554
Coronation October 1550, Kronstad
Predecessor King Johannes I
Successor King Bjorn III
Consort Matthieu of Lorraine
Birth 13 October 1514, Bergen
Death 1 Dec 1554, Emyn Arnen
Father King Frederik II of Arendaal
Mother Helena of Franken
Issue Liliana, Duchess of Skane
Royal House Kapétien Dynasty
House of Norregaard
Full Name Katherine der Norregaard-Kapét
Religion Christian (Catholic)
Buried Saint Chapelle

Katherine I of Arendaal ("Katherine the Catholic") (1514 - 1554) was the Queen Regent of Arendaal between 1550 and 1554. She was the second child of King Frederik II of Arendaal and Helena of Franken. Katherine came to the throne in 1550 when her brother Johannes I suddenly died, by usurping the claim of his son Kristian II.


Queen Katherine I of Arendaal


Katherine declared that her nephew's Protestant beliefs made him unfit to rule as King. A devout Catholic, she is best remembered for her bloody persecution of Protestants and for her reign coinciding with the most violent phase of the Aren Wars of Religion.

Kristian II fled north to avoid capture, but Katherine had his mother (her sister-in-law) Blanche of Montelimar put under house arrest at Goteborg Citadel (she would escape three years later). Civil war raged and Kristian II soon returned with reinforcements and finances from abroad.


Katherine as a teenager
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

These struggles would not end until 1560, when Kristian had defeated the forces of her brother Bjorn III, who succeeded her as King of Arendaal in 1550.

Inspite of her negative legacy in the Protestant and later secular nation of Arendaal for her persecution of Catholics, historians point out that she was a consumate politician, far more adept at manipulation, quick decisions and achieving her ends at all costs than her elder brother, King Johannes I, had been. Her religious convictions were earnest, and she was ruthless in upholding them.


Katherine's husband, Matthieu of Lorraine


Despite her poor relations with her nephew Kristian II, he resembled his aunt in many respects - certainly in terms of his intelligence, though not in his methods. In a letter to the King of Franken, Kristian II wrote of his aunt: "She is an indefatigable princess, born to tame and govern even the most unruly of people. She will be merciless with her enemies, even her own kin, but will show clemency to those who do not defy her faith."

For her own part, Katherine I was clear sighted and suffered from no illussions about the talents of her nephew or the power amassed by Protestants (which in some respects helps to explain her bloody campaigns against them). On her deathbed she wrote to her brother Bjorn III, who was to become her heir: "We are on the eve of a general revolt. Anyone who tells you differently is a liar".


Katherine as a girl with her two brothers, Johannes I and Bjorn III and their governess


Katherine had always been her father's favourite daughter, and was thus allowed to marry the man of her choosing (very unusually for Aren princesses, who were expected to make dynastic matches with foreign rulers). She married Prince Matthieu of Lorraine, who proposed to her when visiting her father's court. Matthieu was a younger son of the King of Lorraine. She and her husband were prominent members of her father's great Renaissance court, where she was known for her cold beauty, short temper, unnerving manner, and great intelligence. Complications surrounding her second pregnancy caused her death in 1554.

Family, Marriage and ChildrenEdit

Queen Katherine I of Arendaal married Prince Matthieu of Lorraine. Their children included:

  • Liliana, Duchess of Skane (b. 1544) - who was raised at the court of her cousin, Kristian II

SiblingsEdit

Other Royal RelationsEdit

AncestorsEdit

Katherine I of Arendaal's ancestors in four generations:

 
 
 
 
 
King of Coronado
 
 
King Fernando II of Coronado
 
 
 
 
 
 
Queen of Coronado
 
 
Juan Carlos Vázquez, Prince of Coronado
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Queen of Coronado
 
 
 
 
 
 
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King Frederik II of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
King Gustav IV of Arendaal
 
 
King Harald III of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
Niccola Grimaldi of Potenza
 
 
Queen Marguerite I of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
Emperor Giovanni Luciano III of the Talemantine Empire
 
 
Ottavia of the Talemantine Empire
 
 
 
 
 
 
Talemantine Empress
 
Katherine I of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
Heinrich V of Franken, Holy Germanic Emperor
 
 
Heinrich VI of Franken, Holy Germanic Emperor
 
 
 
 
 
 
Madeleine of Arendaal
 
 
Duke Nikolaus IV of Franken
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Holy Germanic Empress
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Helena of Franken
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Duchess of Franken
 
 
 
 
 
 
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See AlsoEdit

Kapétien Dynasty
House of Norregaard

Regnal Titles
Preceded by
King Johannes I
1545 – 1550
Queen Regent of Arendaal
1550 – 1554
Succeeded by
King Bjorn III
1554 – 1560
Princess Regent of Norseberg
1550 – 1554
Grand Duchess Regent of Emyn Arnen
1550 – 1554
Aren Royalty
Preceded by
Kristian II
Crown Princess of Arendaal
Princess of Fjordholm

1545
Succeeded by
Bjorn III

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