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Madeleine I of Arendaal
By the Grace of God, Queen Regent of all Arendaal
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Queen Regent of Arendaal
Reign 1424 - 1444
Coronation July 1424, Kronstad
Predecessor King Niklaas III
Successor King Pieter I
Consort Charles of Montelimar
Birth 8 September 1408, Kronstad
Death 22 May 1444, Loire
Father King Niklaas III of Arendaal and Suionia
Mother Anna of Franken
Issue Pieter I of Arendaal
Gustav IV of Arendaal
Madeleine, Holy Germanic Empress
Sigrid, Holy Germanic Empress
Frederika, Queen of Eiffelland
Royal House Kapétien Dynasty
House of Kronhielm
Full Name Madeleine der Kronhielm-Kapét
Religion Christian (Catholic)
Buried Kronhielm Tombs, Emyn Arnen

Madeleine I of Arendaal ("The Unparralleled One" or "Madeleine the Beautiful") (1408 - 1444) was the Queen Regent of Arendaal between 1424 and 1444. She was the eldest child of King Niklaas III of Arendaal and Suionia and Anna of Franken. Her father had been the last ruler to be King of both Arendaal and Suionia simultaneously: after his death the Union of Bergen (1350 - 1424), the series of personal unions by which the Aren Kings had inherited the Suionian Crown since the time of Edvard II, broke apart. Powerful nobles in Suionia rebelled against Aren rule and crowned their own local King. Although Madeleine claimed the title of "Queen Regent of Suionia" throughout her lifetime, she was neither Crowned nor recognized as such outside of Arendaal.


The face of Botticelli's Venus was inspired by the image of Madeleine I painted in the Villa d'Nord fresco (1425)


Although the loss of Suionia in 1424 was a great political blow, her reign was nonetheless a time of prosperity for Arendaal. She is particularly remembered for helping to foster Renaissance ideals, and for her legendary beauty. Said to be the "most beautiful" woman in the world, the only surviving image of Madeleine in a fresco in Kronstad Cathedral inspired the later Renaissance artist, Botticelli to paint his most famous works including the idealized portrait of the Queen (seen right). The celebrated beauty of each of her daughters, and the images of them painted during their lifetimes, which bear a striking resemblance to the Queen, attest to her epic beauty. She and her husband Prince Charles of Montelimar were likened to mortal incarnations of "Venus and Mars". Their two sons, Pieter I and Gustav IV would both rule as King of Arendaal.

Aren Royalty
Kapétien Dynasty
House of Kronhielm

House of Langsvard
Last monarch
   Blanche I of Arendaal
Children include
   Niklaas III of Arendaal
   Kristine,TalemantineEmpress
Niklaas III
Consort
   Anna of Franken
Children include
   Madeleine I of Arendaal
Madeleine I
Consort
   Charles of Montelimar
Children include
   Pieter I of Arendaal
   Gustav IV of Arendaal
   Madeleine, Holy Germanic Empress
   Sigrid,HolyGermanicEmpress
   Frederika,QueenofEiffelland
Pieter I
Consort
   Eliana of the Talemantine Empire
Gustav IV
Consort
   Niccola of Potenza
Children include
   Harald III of Arendaal
   Anne, Queen of Montelimar
   Nikolina,TalemantineEmpress
Harald III
Consort
   Ottavia of the Talemantine Empire
Children include
   Marguerite I of Arendaal
   Rurik II of Arendaal
Marguerite I
Consort
   Juan Carlos of Coronado
Children include
   Frederik II of Arendaal
   Gisela, Queen of Franken
   Malena,HolyGermanicEmpress
Rurik II
Consort
   Caitlin of Eireann
Children include
    Dukes of Skaneland
Succeeded by
    Frederik II of Arendaal
House of Norregaard

Queen Madeleine I of Arendaal with her husband Charles of Montelimar (centre)


She was hailed in her lifetime as perhaps the most beautiful and accomplished princesses of the Renaissance. She had been carefully educated in line with the humanist beliefs that had taken hold at the Aren Court during the reign of her father, and she availed herself of her position as mistress of one of the most splendid courts of Europe to surround herself with learned men, poets and artists. She showed great political ability in the administration of her realm, though the era saw Arendaal lose control over Suionia.

Queen Madeleine belonged to the best class of Renaissance women, and was one of the culture influences of the age; to a great extent, her patronage and good taste are responsible for the splendour of Villa d'Nord. The sprawling Renaissance palace built by her father was expanded and decorated under her careful supervision.

Madeleine I charmed the Aren court with her joy in life, her laughter, and even her extravagance. She helped to make Emyn Arnen the most sought after centre of sumptuous festivals and balls, entertaining rulers, philosophers, poets, diplomats, and soldiers.


Allegory of the reign of Queen Madeleine I


Economically, her ministers maintained policies similar to those practiced under her predecessor Niklaas III - while these were not innovative, they were successful in maintaining the country's economic fortunes and in ensuring that they increased over time.

As she bore 12 children, most of whom lived to adulthood, the Queen was routinely in confinement and unable to carry out some of her more onerous tasks. As such, her husband Charles of Montelimar, often acted as her unofficial co-ruler.


Family, Marriage and ChildrenEdit

Queen Madeleine I of Arendaal married Prince Charles of Montelimar, her second cousin once removed. Their children included:

Other Royal RelationsEdit

AncestorsEdit

Madeleine I of Arendaal's ancestors in four generations:

 
 
 
 
 
Holy Germanic Emperor Emperor Lothar I
 
 
Holy Germanic Emperor Lothar II
 
 
 
 
 
 
Holy Germanic Empress
 
 
Karl August of Saxony
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Holy Germanic Empress
 
 
 
 
 
 
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King Niklaas III of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
King Edvard II of Arendaal
 
 
Crown Prince Lief of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
Louise of Montelimar
 
 
Queen Blanche I of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
King Edmund III of Anglyn
 
 
Martha of Anglyn
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wilma of Northumbria
 
Madeleine I of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
Duke Sebastian I of Franken*
 
 
Duke Thomas IV von Franken
 
 
 
 
 
 
Andrea von Babenberg
 
 
Duke Uwe V von Franken
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Duchess of Franken
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Anna of Franken
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Duchess of Franken
 
 
 
 
 
 
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See AlsoEdit

Kapétien Dynasty
House of Kronhielm

Aren Regnal Titles
Preceded by
King Niklaas III
1408 – 1424
Queen Regent of Arendaal
1424 - 1444
Succeeded by
King Pieter I
1444 – 1454
Princess Regent of Norseberg
1424 - 1444
Grand Duchess Regent of Emyn Arnen
1424 - 1444
Aren royalty
Preceded by
King Niklaas III
Crown Princess of Arendaal
Princess of Fjordholm

1408 – 1424
Succeeded by
King Pieter I

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