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Kristian I of Arendaal
By the Grace of God, King of all Arendaal
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King of Arendaal
Reign 1309 - 1328
Coronation 1 Feb 1309, Kronstad
Predecessor King Sven III
Successor Queen Gisela I
Consort Ursula of Franken
Birth May 1309, Lulea
Death 31 Aug 1328, Bergen
Father King Sven III of Arendaal
Mother Immanuelle of Saxony
Issue Gisela I of Arendaal
Royal House Kapétien Dynasty
House of Langsvard
Full Name Kristian der Langsvard -Kapét
Religion Christian (Catholic)
Buried Thorvald Cathedral
OOC John II of France

Kristian I of Arendaal ("Kristian the Rich") (1282 - 1328) was the King of Arendaal between 1309 and 1328. He was the son of King Sven III of Arendaal and Princess Immanuelle of Saxony. His famous portrait (right) now on display at the Hermitage Museum, is considered one of the finest examples of 14th century art anywhere in the world.

As king, Kristian I surrounded himself with able administrators, though unlike his father he was more indulgent of his desire to enjoy the good life his wealth as king brought.


King Kristian I of Arendaal holding court


When he was Crown Prince, he is reputed to have been so liberal in the expenses for the festivities of his wedding to Princess Ursula of Franken that the local counsels imposed restrictions on how much he could spend.

Kristian I was an imposing personality and an able negotiator, as well as a talented general. After his eldest son died, he became increasingly preoccuppied with the betrothal of his eldest daughter Gisela I who was engaged to the heir presumptive of Suionia. The Covenant of Kronstad stipulated that the children of any Aren princess who married a foreign sovereign gave up their right to the Aren throne - however Kristian I was adamant that his grandchildren should inherit his throne.

Aren Royalty
Kapétien Dynasty
House of Langsvard

House of Sverker
Last monarch
   Isabelle I of Arendaal
Children include
   Sven III of Arendaal
Sven III
Consort
   Immanuelle of Saxony
Children include
   Kristian I of Arendaal
   Alienore,QueenofMontelimar
   Erika, Countess of Schlesnitz
   Hilda,Queen of Eiffelland
Kristian I
Consort
   Ursula of Franken
Children include
   Gisela I of Arendaal
Gisela I
Consort
   King of Suionia
Children include
   Edvard II of Arendaal
   Richenza,TalemantineEmpress
Edvard II
Consorts
   Louise of Montelimar
   Catharina of Batavie
Children include
   Crown Prince Lief (married Martha of Anglyn)
   Rikissa,Duchessof Franken
   Viveka,HolyGermanicEmpress
Grandchildren include
   Blanche I of Arendaal
   Nissa,Queen ofMontelimar
Blanche I
Consort
   Karl August of Saxony
Children include
    Niklaas III of Arendaal
    Kristine,TalemantineEmpress
House of Kronhielm

King Kristian I's wife, Ursula of Franken

Thus he engineered an elaborate marriage contract for Gisela I, which in itself is one of the most impressive legal documents of the 14th. Gisela was to remain Queen Regent of Arendaal and of the sons she bore, one would inherit the Aren Crown while the other would become King of Suionia.

However, Gisela I and her husband had only one son, Edvard II. After their deaths Edvard became ruler of both Kingdoms simultaneously, forging the series of personal unions known as the Union of Bergen (1350-1424) by which both states were ruled by the same monarch.

The King enjoyed literature, and was patron to painters and musicians. His famous portrait, painted specifically as a portrait in the modern sense, is one of the earliest examples of European portraiture and one of the finest examples of 14th century art.

Family, Marriage and ChildrenEdit

King Kristian I of Arendaal married Princess Ursula of Franken. Their children included:

SiblingsEdit

Other Royal RelationsEdit

AncestorsEdit

Kristian I of Arendaal's ancestors in four generations:

 
 
 
 
 
King of Breotonia
 
 
King of Breotonia
 
 
 
 
 
 
Queen of Breotonia
 
 
Geoffrey of Breotonia
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Queen of Breotonia
 
 
 
 
 
 
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King Sven III of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
King Karl IV of Arendaal
 
 
King Frederik I of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
Queen of Arendaal
 
 
Queen Isabelle I of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
Emperor Theodore V of the Talemantine Empire
 
 
Lucrezia of the Talemantine Empire
 
 
 
 
 
 
Talemantine Empress
 
Kristian I of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
Holy Germanic Emperor Maximilian II
 
 
Holy Germanic Emperor Maximilian II
 
 
 
 
 
 
Holy Germanic Empress
 
 
Holy Germanic Emperor Maximilian III
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adriaen of Batavië-Vistrasia
 
 
Isolde of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
Queen Adela I of Arendaal
 
 
Immanuelle of Saxony (Wiese)
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Holy Germanic Empress
 
 
 
 
 
 
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See AlsoEdit

Kapétien Dynasty
House of Langsvard

Aren Regnal Titles
Preceded by
King Sven III
1280 - 1309
King of Arendaal
1309 - 1328
Succeeded by
Queen Gisela I
1328 – 1350
Prince of Norseberg
1309 - 1328
Grand Duke of Emyn Arnen
1309 - 1328
Aren Royalty
Preceded by
King Sven III
Crown Prince of Arendaal
1282 - 1309
Succeeded by
Queen Gisela I

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