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Matthias I of Arendaal
By the Grace of God, King of all Arendaal
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King of Arendaal
Reign 1016 - 1036
Predecessor King Edvard I
Successor King Karl III
Saint Matthias of Arendaal
Canonized 1040
Venerated in Dominican Catholicism
Protestantism (Lutheranism)
Feast 15 July
Attributes crown, cross, throne, scroll
Birth October 999, Nareath
Death 15 July 1036, Emyn Arnen
Consort Anna Maria of Swabia
Coronation 29 April, 1016
Kronstad Cathedral, Arendaal
Father King Edvard I of Arendaal
Mother [[|]]
Issue Karl III of Arendaal
Eliska, Queen of Montelimar
Vanja, Duchess of Franken
Royal House Kapétien Dynasty
House of Blixtskiold
Full Name Matthias von Blixtskiold-Kapét
Religion Christian (Catholic; born Norse Pagan)
Buried Kronstad Cathedral

Matthias I of Arendaal ("Saint Matthias" or "Matthias the Great") (999 - 1036) was the King of Arendaal between 1016 and 1036. He was the son of King Edvard I of Arendaal and x. Matthias I is famous in Aren history for declaring Arendaal a Christian Kingdom in 1020. The event was known as the "Baptism of the North", when Matthias the Great was baptised at Emyn Arnen and proceeded to baptize his family and people in the city. This mass baptism became the iconic inaugural event in the Christianization of the Kingdom of Arendaal.

The Christianization of Arendaal actually took place in several stages. Since the 9th century Christianity was making serious headway with the Aren people as belief in Norse Pagan deities slowly waned. The new religion even began to be embraced by select nobles and the occasional monarch by the 10th century. However, it was not until Matthias I's reign and 1020 that the country was officially declared Christian. For the 'conversion' of Arendaal, Matthias was canonized by Pope x in 1040, making him the first Aren King to be declared a saint. Matthias' tomb at Kronstad Cathedral became a highly venerated shrine in the middle ages. The Cathedral was constructed almost a century after his death and his body (which had been buried in the Aren capital) was moved to a special ornate tomb therein. The pilgrimage route to Kronstad became one of the most important Northern European pilgrimage routes in history.

Matthias I married a Christian Princess, Anna Maria of Swabia, daughter of the Holy Germanic Emperor (a match which would be the first in a series of royal marriages with Wiese). The conversion of Matthias and his country had been part of the marriage agreement, although the couple were married two years before Matthias officially converted. He negotiated the marriage of his sister, Sigrid of Arendaal, Queen of Éireann to Donnchad mac Máel Uí Néill in 1022 for similar reasons: an alliance with a Catholic Kingdom and, in this case, the end of warfare with the Kingdom of Éireann.

Family, Marriage and ChildrenEdit

King Matthias I of Arendaal married Anna Maria of Swabia of the Holy Germanic Empire. They had the following children:

SiblingsEdit

Other Royal RelationsEdit

AncestorsEdit

Matthias I of Arendaal's ancestors in three generations:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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King Gustav III of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Queen Svea I of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
King Edvard I of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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See AlsoEdit

Kapétien Dynasty
House of Blixtskiold

Regnal Titles
Preceded by
King Edvard I
996 - 1016
King of Arendaal
1016 - 1036
Succeeded by
King Karl III
1036 - 1058
Prince of Norseberg
1016 - 1036
Grand Duke of Emyn Arnen
1016 - 1036
Aren Royalty
Preceded by
King Edvard I
Heir to the Aren Throne
999 - 1016
Succeeded by
King Karl III

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