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Lief, Prince of Arendaal
By the Grace of God, Crown Prince of Arendaal and Suionia
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Crown Prince of Arendaal
Crown Prince 1350 - 1387
Predecessor King Edvard II
Successor Queen Blanche I
Crown Prince of Suionia
Crown Prince 1350 - 1387
Predecessor King Edvard II
Successor Queen Blanche I
Consort Martha of Anglyn
Birth 6 Dec. 1345, Kronstad
Death 18 January 1387, Trondheim
Father King Edvard II of Arendaal
Mother Louise of Montelimar
Issue Blanche I of Arendaal
Nissa, Queen of Montelimar
Royal House Kapétien Dynasty
House of Langsvard
Full Name Lief der Langsvard-Kapét
Religion Christian (Catholic)
Buried Saint Chapelle
OOC Wenceslaus I in Archbishop John Ocko of Vlasim's votive painting c1370 by Master Theoderich of Prague; Edward, the Black Prince (tomb)

Lief of Arendaal ("The Black Prince") (1345 - 1387) was the Crown Prince of Arendaal and Crown Prince of Suionia between 1350 and his sudden death in 1387. He was the son of King Edvard II of Arendaal and Louise of Montelimar. Lief was set to inherit both the Aren and Suionia crowns thanks to the Union of Bergen (1350-1424), a series of personal unions by which the Aren Kings also became Kings of the country's eastern neighbour. However, Lief predeceased his father by less than two years, and so never became King. The throne passed, instead, to his eldest daughter, Blanche I upon the death of Edvard II.


Tomb of Crown Prince Lief

Crown Prince Lief was the first Crown Prince of Arendaal to have the title of Prince of Fjordholm (a title which has been borne by all successive Heirs to the Aren throne including the current Crown Prince Soren of Arendaal). Lief was considered the embodiment of the chivalric knightly ideal during his lifetime. A talented soldier, he was also a pious man and cultivated prince. He was well educated for the time, a collector of books, and turned his own court as Prince of Fjordholm into a centre of learning. His piety and culture were celebrated, as was his interest in jousting tournaments and warfare, which made him a popular heroic figures to the Aren masses. An account of one envoy to the court of Lief's father records the "impressive nature of the Prince's person and piety".


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

Although Lief has in later years often been referred to as the "Black Prince", there is no record of this name being used during his lifetime. He was instead known as "Lief of Kronstad", after his place of birth, or "Lief of Fjordholm" given his title of Prince of Fjordholm. The "Black Prince" sobriquet is first found in the 16th century. Its origin is uncertain. It has been suggested that it is a reference to his characteristic black armour, or to the emblem of his banner: a black eagle.

In searching for a suitable wife for himself, Lief was adamant that his father procure a bride who was not a blood relation. The search caught the imagination of chroniclers and poets of the age, who promptly turned it into a tale of a 'knightly quest'. Some asserted that the Prince wanted to marry a commoner, but knowing his father would never allow this, devised a means of avoiding marriage to anyone else: namely, the grounds of consanguinity. The Aren Royals were related by blood to nearly every other Royal House in Europe and finding an eligible princess unrelated to them was a monumental task.


Crown Prince Lief's wife, Princess Martha of Anglyn


Historians point out that there exists to proof of Lief's choice having been a technique to avoid marriage. In fact he was opposed to marriages within close degrees of kinship (for instance he approved of the marriage of his daughter Blanche to the much older Karl August of Saxony but prevented the proposed match between Blanche and her first cousin, i.e. Karl August's nephew). After many years of searching, Lief finally married Martha of Anglyn, the first royal match between the Kingdoms of Arendaal and Anglyn.

Lief died suddenly early in 1387 after a short illness that lasted only a few days. His death stunned the Kingdom. His father, King Edvard II of Arendaal, is said to have never recovered from the shock. Lief's sudden demise is thought to have contributed to Edvard's own failing health and death in 1388. The crowns of Arendaal and Suionia passed to Lief's daughter Blanche I when King Edvard II died.

Family, Marriage and ChildrenEdit

Crown Prince Lief of Arendaal married Princess Martha of Anglyn. Their children included:

SiblingsEdit

Other Royal RelationsEdit

AncestorsEdit

Lief, Prince of Arendaal's ancestors in three generations:

 
 
 
 
 
King of Suionia
 
 
King of Suionia
 
 
 
 
 
 
Queen of Suionia
 
 
King of Suionia
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
Queen of Suionia
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
King Edvard II of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
King Sven III of Arendaal
 
 
King Kristian I of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
Immanuelle of Saxony
 
 
Queen Gisela I of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
Duke Uwe IV of Franken
 
 
Ursula of Franken
 
 
 
 
 
 
Duchess of Franken
 
Lief, Prince of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
King Jean III of Montelimar
 
 
King Philippe II of Montelimar
 
 
 
 
 
 
Queen of Montelimar
 
 
King Charles VII of Montelimar
 
 
 
 
 
 
King Sven III of Arendaal (20)
 
 
Alienore of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
Immanuelle of Saxony (21)
 
 
Louise of Montelimar
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
x
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
Queen of Montelimar
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
x
 
 
 
 
 
 
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See AlsoEdit

Kapétien Dynasty
House of Langsvard

Aren Royalty
Preceded by
King Edvard II
1328 – 1350
Crown Prince of Arendaal
Prince of Fjordholm

1350 - 1387
Succeeded by
Queen Blanche I
1387 - 1388
Suionian Royalty
Preceded by
King Edvard II
Crown Prince of Suionia
1350 - 1387
Succeeded by
Queen Blanche I

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