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Maria Rikissa of Franken
By the Grace of God, Empress Consort of the North, Queen of Arendaal
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Empress Consort of the North
Consort of Sven IV, Emperor of the North
Consort 1623 – 1643
Predecessor Catrina of Warre
Successor Diane of Breotonia
Queen Consort of Arendaal
Consort of King Sven IV of Arendaal
Consort 1623 – 1643
Predecessor Catrina of Warre
Successor Diane of Breotonia
Birth 1595, Nürnberg
Death 1650, Loire
From Franken
Marriage March 1619, Trondheim Chateau
Father King Jakob II of Franken
Mother Queen of Franken
Issue Magnus II of Arendaal
Helene, Talemantine Empress
Diane, Queen of Anglyn
Royal House House of Knýtling (by birth)
House of Lundmark (by marriage)
Full Name Maria Rikissa Knýtling von Lundmark-Kapét
Religion Christian (Protestant)
Buried Loire Chateau

Maria Rikissa of Franken ("Rikissa la Belle") (1595 - 1650) was the wife of Sven IV, King of Arendaal and Emperor of the North and thus the Queen Consort of Arendaal and Empress of the North between 1623 and 1643. She was the daughter of King Jakob II of Franken and mother of Emperor Magnus II. Maria Rikissa is best remembered for her political influence over both her husband and her son, wielding great power at Court during their reigns.


Maria Rikissa and her son, the future Magnus II, Emperor of the North

Maria Rikissa was considered breathtakingly beautiful throughout her life. She had thick dark hair that fell in ringlets around her face so beautifully that even foreign Queens copied her hairstyle.


Maria Rikissa's husband, Emperor Sven IV
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

Steeped in sensuality she is often described as a hedonist with a fondness for music, dancing, the arts, food and love-making. Beauty was only one of her many charms. She was a cultured and amusing conversationalist who won the admiration of prominent literary figures and was possessed of a keen political mind.

Historians agree that the most important, and certainly the most astute, political decisions taken by the government of Emperor Sven IV of Arendaal are to be credited to the Queen.

Althoug Sven IV spent much of his time with his many mistresses, he gave his wife free reign over political matters. After his death the Duke of Skaneland famously remarked: "Sven was ever a good natured man, but he was ruled by his wife in all things. It was our good fortune that his wife was a sensible woman, for had she been as foolish as he, God alone knows what misfortunes we should have suffered."


The children of Maria Rikissa of Franken and Emperor Sven IV, including the future Magnus II, Empress Helene and Diane of Anglyn


Some sources even suggest that Maria Rikissa encouraged her husband to take mistresses in order to distract him from trying to influence political affairs. Still others claim that she was responsible for putting many of the women who would come to be Sven's mistresses in his path on purpose, deliberately selecting pretty and frivolous courtiers who would not threaten her position. Courtiers praised her for her good sense and delicate beauty, while her political enemies called her cunning, pitiless and coldly calculating.

Family, Marriage and ChildrenEdit

Princess Maria Rikissa of Franken married Sven IV of Arendaal, Emperor of the North and King of Arendaal in 1619 at the age of 24. Their children included:

SiblingsEdit

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AncestorsEdit

Maria Rikissa of Franken, Empress of the North's ancestors in four generations:

 
 
 
 
 
son of Duke Nikolaus IV of Franken
 
 
King Sebastian III of Franken
 
 
 
 
 
 
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See AlsoEdit

Consorts of the Kapétien Dynasty
House of Lundmark
Empire of the North
Preceded by
Catrina of Warre
1606 – 1623
Empress Consort of the North
1623 – 1643
Succeeded by
Diane of Breotonia
1643 – 1663
Aren Royalty
Preceded by
Catrina of Warre
1606 – 1623
Queen Consort of Arendaal
1623 – 1643
Succeeded by
Diane of Breotonia
1643 – 1663
Princess Consort of Norseberg
1623 – 1643
Grand Duchess Consort of Emyn Arnen
1623 – 1643

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