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Marie of Montelimar
By the Grace of God, Empress Consort of the North, Queen of Arendaal
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Empress Consort of the North
Consort of Greger I, Emperor of the North
Consort 1663 – 1685
Predecessor Diane of Breotonia
Successor Hannelore of Danmark
Queen Consort of Arendaal
Consort of King Greger I of Arendaal
Consort 1663 – 1685
Predecessor Diane of Breotonia
Successor Hannelore of Danmark
Birth 23 January 1634, Valmy
Death 11 August 1685, Versailles
From Montelimar
Marriage 1657, Trondheim Chateau
Father King Michel I of Montelimar
Mother Queen of Montelimar
Issue Crown Prince Frederik
Royal House House of Brissac (by birth)
House of Lundmark (by marriage)
Full Name Marie de Brissac von Lundmark-Kapét
Religion Christian (Catholic)
Buried Versailles

Marie of Montelimar ("Marie the Lovely") (1634 - 1685) was the first wife of Greger I, King of Arendaal and Emperor of the North and thus the Queen Consort of Arendaal and Empress of the North between 1663 and her death in 1685. The daughter of King Michel I of Montelimar, Marie married Greger when he was still heir apparent to the throne.


Marie of Montelimar with two of her children, including a young Crown Prince Frederik of Arendaal


At court, women copied Marie's lavish style of dress and she was admired for her good looks and sweet nature.

The Breotonian Ambassador reported that the Princess "had an exquisite complexion, blond hair, a sweet smile and an expression at once tender and modest." After Marie's death, despite his genuine grief, Greger I married Hannelore, Princess of Danmark for political reasons.


Marie of Montelimar with her husband Greger I of Arendaal, Emperor of the North and their eldest son, Prince Frederik
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

Although Greger is known to have had mist- resses, he was bound to his beautiful wife out of a deep sense of devotion. "The Queen knows how to love. There is great pleasure in being loved by her," he said of her. Marie, for her part, presided unquestioningly as the "first lady" of her husband's court.


Emperor Greger I's court en route to Trondheim


She was a friend and admirer of numerous philosophers, friendships which resulted in a substantial correspondence that reveals Marie to have been a woman of exceptional intellectual ability and curiosity. She shared her husband's artistic sensibilities particularly in the realm of literature and is remembered as the patroness of several painters and artists employed at Versailles.

Later in life Marie became increasingly pious and founded a number of Catholic religious institutions. The Protestant Emperor Greger I, who had presided over the final resolution of centuries long tensions between Catholics and Protestants, used her devotion to his advantage, publicizing her actions as a "gesture of his good intentions" towards all religions.


Marie of Montelimar, Queen of Arendaal, Empress of the North


Marie predeceased her husband by a decade, dying in 1685. The Emperor mourned her earnestly and never recovered from her loss. Reflecting on her passing he said, "This was the only way in which she displeased me." Two years later, Greger married Princess Hannelore of Danmark, a political move designed to bind relations between the Empire of the North and Kingdom of Danmark. Though Greger was fond of his second wife and dotted on her, historians consider Marie to have been the love of his life.

Family, Marriage and ChildrenEdit

Princess Marie of Montelimar married Greger I of Arendaal, Emperor of the North and King of Arendaal in 1657 at the age of 23. Their children included:

SiblingsEdit

Other Royal RelationsEdit

AncestorsEdit

Marie of Montelimar, Empress of the North's ancestors in four generations:

 
 
 
 
 
King Charles VIII of Montelimar
 
 
King Francis I of Montelimar
 
 
 
 
 
 
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King Robert I of Montelimar
 
 
 
 
 
 
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King Michel I of Montelimar
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Karolina of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kristian II of Arendaal, Emperor of the North
 
 
Adeliza I of Arendaal, Empress of the North
 
 
 
 
 
 
Frederika of Suionia
 
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See AlsoEdit

Consorts of the Kapétien Dynasty
House Lundmark
Empire of the North
Preceded by
Diane of Breotonia
1643 – 1663
Empress Consort of the North
1663 – 1685
Succeeded by
Hannelore of Danmark
1687 - 1695
Aren Royalty
Preceded by
Diane of Breotonia
1643 – 1663
Queen Consort of Arendaal
1663 – 1685
Succeeded by
Hannelore of Danmark
1687 - 1695
Princess Consort of Norseberg
1663 – 1685
Grand Duchess Consort of Emyn Arnen
1663 – 1685
Aren Royalty
Preceded by
Diane of Breotonia
Crown Princess Consort of Arendaal
1657 - 1663
Succeeded by
Johanna of Batavie

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