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Marguerite of Arendaal
By the Grace of God, Queen Regent of all Arendaal
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Queen Regent of Arendaal
Reign 1497 – 1517
Coronation November 1497, Kronstad
Predecessor King Harald III
Successor King Rurik II
Consort Juan Carlos of Coronado
Birth 18 Jan 1479, Goteborg
Death 21 June 1517, Bergen
Father King Harald III of Arendaal
Mother Ottavia of the Talemantine Empire
Issue Frederik II of Arendaal
Malena, Holy Germanic Empress
Gisela, Queen of Franken
Royal House Kapétien Dynasty
House of Kronhielm
Full Name Marguerite der Kronhielm-Kapét
Religion Christian (Catholic)
Buried Kronhielm Tombs, Emyn Arnen

Marguerite I of Arendaal ("Marguerite the Grand") (1479 - 1517) was the Queen Regent of Arendaal between 1497 and 1517. She was the eldest child of King Harald III of Arendaal and Ottavia of the Talemantine Empire. She was the first Aren Queen Regent to rule despite having living brothers, since her father changed the laws of succession to allow for the acession of a Monarchs eldest child, regardless of their gender (previously a King's female children only had a right to the crown if they had no brothers living)


The beautiful Queen Marguerite I of Arendaal


Marguerite shared her father's artistic and political sympathies - further fostering Arendaal's reputation as centre of Europe's artistic, literary and scientific Renaissance. She acted as patron to artists like Leonardo Da Vinci, and continued the shrewd political policy of using diplomacy to expand her country's trading links and increase its wealth.


Marguerite I's brother, Rurik II, who she replaced as their father's heir and who would usurp the claim of her son Frederik II for three years (1517-1520)
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

As patron of humanists and reformers, and as an author in her own right, she was an outstanding figure of the Aren Renaissance. Historian Magnus Ülmsholm called her "The First Modern Woman", and in her own lifetime she was regarded as one of the most brilliant minds in Europe.

Marguerite I's ascent to the throne over her brother Rurik II was initially met by violence by Rurik and her supporters. It took over a year to quell unrest, and after these initial skirmishes, Marguerite reigned Arendaal peacefully until her death in 1517. Rurik retired to his estates in the East of Arendaal as Duke of Svealand, and mounted no active resistance to his sister for the duration of her reign.


Marguerite I of Arendaal


In part this may be attributed to his fondness for his sister, but more realistically, Rurik seems to have recognized that Marguerite's support base was too strong to challenge. Certainly this was the view of Rurik's intelligent and shrewd wife, Caitlin of Eireann. Rurik and Marguerite's father Harald III had been a popular King under whose rule Arendaal had prospered economically and socially - Marguerite promised to uphold his style of governance whereas Rurik was more likely to challenge it. Thus the more powerful noble families supported the King's decision to favour Marguerite over Rurik. After she died, however, Rurik II mounted resistance and fought Marguerite's son Frederik II for the throne. Rurik ruled for three years, engaged in violent clashes, until Frederik reclaimed the throne in 1520.


Illustration of Marguerite I


Like her father, King Harald III, Marguerite I acted as patron to the most prolific artists and writers of her day, most notably Da Vinci, and she befriended and protected many artists from ecclesiastical condemnation. Her salon became famously known as the "New Parnassus". She invited philosophers, scientists and artists to meetings at which intellectuals discussed philosophy and other subjects, while the Queen herself often presided over these discussions.

Marguerite I was also an artist in her own right, writing numerous poems and the classic collection of stories, the "Heptameron". Her humanist sympathies owed a great deal to her upbringing at her father's court, "where the humanist influence reigned supreme, and where Boccaccio was looked upon as a little less than a god". Harald believed in educating all his children to the same high standard. Marguerite was therefore well-read and fluent in no less than six languages; she was called "the Maecenas to the learned ones of her father's kingdom".


Queen Regent Marguerite I of Arendaal


Contemporary sources describe Marguerite as "most lovely to behold", with "heavy red hair which fell past her knees, a beautiful complexion, fine delicate features, violet-blue eyes and a natural grace which made her appear to walk on air". The writer Skarsgaard said of her: "She was a great beauty and an exemplary princess. But in addition to all that, she was very kind, gentle, gracious, charitable, a great dispenser of alms and friendly to all."

The Dutch humanist, Erasmus, wrote to her: "For a long time I have cherished all the many excellent gifts that God bestowed upon you; prudence worthy of a philosopher; chastity; moderation; piety; an invincible strength of soul, and a marvelous contempt for all the vanities of this world. Who could keep from admiring, in a great Queen, such qualities as these, so rare even among the priests and monks?"


Marriage of Marguerite I of Arendaal and Juan Carlos of Coronado

Every free spirit looked upon her as protectoress and ideal. She would often walk in the streets of Emyn Arnen, allowing any one to approach her and would listen at first hand to the sorrows of the people. She was occassionally referred to by the epithet, the Madonna of the Poor. She set up a public works system that became a model for Arendaal, opening hospitals, orphanages, funding sanitary measures and financing the education of needy students.

While her social initiatives were celebrated, her attitude towards the guilds was less so. She supported an increase in Aren trade and therefore broke up many of the monopolies which the powerful guilds in larger Aren cities had built up over the years. This proved to be a major source of support for her brother Rurik II in his later struggles against Marguerite's son Frederik II.


Family, Marriage and ChildrenEdit

Queen Marguerite I of Arendaal married her Prince Juan Carlos of Coronado. Their children included:

Siblings Edit

  • Rurik II of Arendaal - brother, who contested her right to the throne and usurped the power of Frederik II for three (1517-1520) following Marguerite's death

Other Royal RelationsEdit

AncestorsEdit

Marguerite I of Arendaal's ancestors in four generations:

 
 
 
 
 
King Jean V of Montelimar
 
 
Charles of Montelimar
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nissa of Arendaal
 
 
King Gustav IV of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
King Niklaas III of Arendaal
 
 
Queen Madeleine I of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
Anna of Franken
 
 
King Harald III of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
Duke of Potenza
 
 
Duke of Potenza
 
 
 
 
 
 
Duchess of Potenza
 
 
Niccola Grimaldi of Potenza
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Duchess of Potenza
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Marguerite I of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
Emperor Beniamino VI of the Talemantine Empire
 
 
Emperor Stefano Emanuelle I of the Talemantine Empire
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kristine of Arendaal
 
 
Emperor Giovanni Luciano III of the Talemantine Empire
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Talemantine Empress
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Ottavia of the Talemantine Empire
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Talemantine Empress
 
 
 
 
 
 
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See AlsoEdit


Kapétien Dynasty
House of Kronhielm

Regnal titles
Preceded by
King Harald III
1480 - 1497
Queen Regent of Arendaal
1497 – 1517
Succeeded by
King Rurik II
1517 – 1520
Princess Regent of Norseberg
1497 – 1517
Grand Duchess Regent of Emyn Arnen
1497 – 1517
Aren royalty
Preceded by
Rurik II
(until change in
law of succession)
Crown Princess of Arendaal
Princess of Fjordholm

1496 - 1497
Succeeded by
King Frederik II
(usurped by Rurik )

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