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Magnus II of Arendaal
By the Grace of God, Emperor of the North, King of Arendaal
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Emperor of the North
Reign 1643 – 1663
Coronation June 1643, Svealand
Predecessor Emperor Sven IV
Successor Emperor Greger I
King of Arendaal
Reign 1643 – 1663
Coronation June 1643, Kronstad
Predecessor King Sven IV
Successor King Greger I
Consort Diane of Breotonia
Birth 22 Apr 1623, Lulea
Death 6 Dec 1663, Trondheim
Father Sven IV of Arendaal, Emperor of the North
Mother Maria Rikissa of Franken
Issue Greger I of Arendaal
Kristian of Ormssex-Colne
Alais, Queen of Franken
Louisa,QueenofEiffelland
Royal House Kapétien Dynasty
House of Lundmark
Full Name Magnus von Lundmark-Kapét
Religion Christian (Protestant)
Buried Trondheim Chateau

Magnus II of Arendaal ("Magnus the Great") (1623 – 1663) was the King of Arendaal and Emperor of the North between 1643 and 1663. He was the eldest son of Sven IV of Arendaal, Emperor of the North and Maria Rikissa of Franken. He is remembered as one of the most successful of Aren monarchs, for his crucial support of the Kunglig Nordiska Handelsforetag (KNH) which contributed greatly to the economic prosperity of Arendaal during his reign,


King Magnus II of Arendaal

and for his numerous political and military triumphs which gave the Empire of the North strategic advantages in Europe.

His reign was marked by increasing tensions between Catholics and Protestants which would not be resolved until later in the century.


Emperor Magnus II on horseback
Aren Royalty
Kapétien Dynasty
House of Lundmark

House of Norregaard
Last monarch
   Adeliza I of Arendaal
Children include
   Edvard III of Arendaal
   Alienore of Havenshire
   Karolina,QueenofMontelimar
Edvard III
Consort
   m1.Antoinette of Lorraine
   m2.Catrina of Warre
Children include
   Sven IV of Arendaal
   Adela, Duchess of Treviso
   Leonor, Queen of Batavie
Sven IV
Consort
   Maria Rikissa of Franken
Children include
   Magnus II of Arendaal
   Helene,TalemantineEmpress
   Diane, Queen of Anglyn
Magnus II
Consort
   Diane of Breotonia
Children include
   Greger I of Arendaal
   Kristian,KingofOrmssexColne
   Louisa, Queen of Eiffelland
   Alais, Queen of Franken
Greger I
Consorts
   m1.Marie of Montelimar
   m2.Hannelore of Danmark
Children include
   Frederik of Arendaal (married Johanna of Batavie)
Grand children include
   Kristianna I of Arendaal
Kristianna I
Consort
   Emperor Theodore VII of the Talemantine Empire
Children include
   Gustav V of Arendaal
   Isacco Beniamino II of the Talemantine Empire
   Heloise, Empress of Wiese
   Liliana,Queenof Montelimar
   Kristine,Queen ofEiffelland
House of Nareath

Emperor Magnus II was above all things a consumate politician. He was manipulative commanding, often unscrupulous and extremely pragmatic. His overriding concern was to maintain Aren freedoms, build up its wealth and defend its people. He was interested in the arts, avidly devoted to scientific learning and was a great supporter of scholarship. He was also keenly interested in further developing and expanding the Aren army into a large, superbly trained force.

The devlopment of his many talents may be rightly credited to his impressive and strong willed mother, Maria Rikissa of Franken, who took special care that her children received the finest education possible. It was under the tutelage of the finest teachers in Europe that Magnus grew to be a model prince.


Magnus II's wife, the Catholic Diane of Breotonia


In many respects he resembled his mother, certainly in terms of her intelligence, strong personality and great political acumen. He resembled his father less, lacking his easy charm and affability, but he shared his refined artistic tastes and military prowess and his physical appearance - Magnus too was tall, handsome and well-built.

Magnus II's twenty year reign was a time of prosperity, during which great wealth continued to be generated through trade, prudent policies in governance and administration kept living standards high, and devotion to scholarship led to great scientific and artistic advancements. The Aren, traditionally able seafarers and keen mapmakers, were now acknowledged as major players in world trade.


King Magnus II with his wife, Diane of Breotonia, and their daughters, including Alais of Franken and Louisa of Eiffelland


Growing prosperity and scientific advancement was paralleled by increasing religious tensions. In deference to his Catholic wife Diane of Breotonia, and in an effort to administer more efficiently, Catholics were granted the same concessions as Protestants which they had been increasingly denied since the country became Protestant in 1560. Sporadic violence raged on and off.

Magnus used both diplomatic and military tactics to secure Arendaal's position as a major European player. He also relied strongly upon the tradition of Royal Marriage Alliances to the same end. Magnus II's own parentage ensured him the support of the powerful Kingdom of Franken. Thanks to his mother's machinations, Magnus made an important dynastic match, marrying Diane of Breotonia the daughter of the King of Breotonia. He also arranged the marriages of his children to cement alliances with other realms including Eiffelland and Montelimar.


King Magnus II and Diane of Breotonia, with their sons and daughters-in-law, including King Greger I (and his wife Marie of Montelimar) and Kristian, King of Ormssex-Colne (with his wife Charlotte of Zahringen (Wendmark)


His sister, Helene's marriage to the Emperor of the Talemantine Empire also afforded him powerful political connections to the Empire. The marriage of his sister Diane, Queen of Anglyn similarly served to cement relations with Anglyn and provide Arendaal with ever expanding trade routes to the west. His second son Kristian would become the ruler of Ormssex-Colne in 1690.

Magnus II was also not above employing morally questionable means to meet his ends. He is known to have instructed his Chamberlain to ensure that the Empress of Wiese, Isabella I, took an Aren lover, who could be relied upon to "keep us informed of the Empress' will".

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Family, Marriage and ChildrenEdit

Magnus II of Arendaal, Emperor of the North and King of Arendaal married Princess Diane of Breotonia. Their children included:

SiblingsEdit

Other Royal RelationsEdit

AncestorsEdit

Magnus II of Arendaal's ancestors in four generations:

 
 
 
 
 
son of Duke Nikolaus IV of Franken
 
 
Robert of Franken
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Edvard III of Arendaal, Emperor of the North
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kristian II of Arendaal, Emperor of the North
 
 
Adeliza I of Arendaal, Empress of the North
 
 
 
 
 
 
Frederika of Suionia
 
 
Sven IV of Arendaal, Emperor of the North
 
 
 
 
 
 
King of Lorraine
 
 
King of Lorraine
 
 
 
 
 
 
Queen of Lorraine
 
 
Antoinette of Lorraine
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
Queen of Lorraine
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
Magnus II of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
King Sebastian III of Franken
 
 
King Alfred I of Franken
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gisela of Arendaal
 
 
King Jakob II of Franken
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
Queen of Franken
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
Maria Rikissa of Franken
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
x
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
Queen of Franken
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
x
 
 
 
 
 
 
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See AlsoEdit

Kapétien Dynasty
House of Lundmark

Empire of the North
Preceded by
Emperor Sven IV
1623 – 1643
Emperor of the North
1643 – 1663
Succeeded by
Emperor Greger I
1663 – 1695
Aren Regnal Titles
Preceded by
King Sven IV
1623 – 1643
King of Arendaal
1643 – 1663
Succeeded by
King Greger I
1663 – 1695
Prince of Norseberg
1643 – 1663
Grand Duke of Emyn Arnen
1643 – 1663
Aren Royalty
Preceded by
Sven IV
Crown Prince of Arendaal
Prince of Fjordholm

1623 – 1643
Succeeded by
Greger I

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