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Ottavia of the Talemantine Empire
By the Grace of God, Queen of all Arendaal
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Queen Consort of Arendaal
Consort to King Harald III of Arendaal
Consort 1480 – 1497
Predecessor Niccola of Potenza
Successor Juan Carlos of Coronado
From Talemantine Empire
Birth February 1455, Talemaniki
Death March 1513, Nareath
Marriage 1477, Villa d'Nord
Father Emperor Giovanni Luciano III of the Talemantine Empire
Mother Talemantine Empress
Issue Marguerite I of Arendaal
Rurik II of Arendaal
Royal House DeVesci Dynasty (by birth)
House of Kronhielm (by marriage)
Full Name Ottavia DeVesci av Kronhielm-Kapét
Religion Christian (Orthodox)
Buried Kronhielm Tombs, Emyn Arnen

Ottavia of the Talemantine Empire ("The Renaissance Queen") (1455 - 1513) was the wife of King Harald III of Arendaal and thus the Queen Consort of Arendaal between 1480 and 1497. Her marriage was arranged by her aunt, Eliana of the Talemantine Empire, Queen of Arendaal. Eliana had been the Aren Queen consort until 1454 (her husband King Pieter I had suffered from a mental illness and had abdicated in favour of his brother, the father of Harald III, King Gustav IV), but remained a key figure at court. She arranged Ottavia's marriage to Harald III of Arendaal and simultaneously arranged the match between Ottavia's brother, Giovanni Luciano IV of the Talemantine Empire to Harald's sister Nikolina of Arendaal.


Ottavia of the Talemantine Empire, wife of King Harald III of Arendaal, in a fresco depicting the Birth of the Virgin


Ottavia and King Harald III were married in 1477. Their wedding remained in annals for its magnificence and the sumptousness of the festivals and banquets involved. Harald III, was Arendaal's famous "Renaissance Prince" and Ottavia presided over his court as an exemplary Renaissance Queen. He was a famous patron of artists, a brilliant ruler, good-looking, charismatic and personable. Ottavia's interests, beauty and grace made her an ideal consort for such a magnificent ruler.

In addition to the scholars, artists, philosophers, inventors and musicians she entertained, she also wrote sonnets. She read these to famous poets, comparing them with their compositions.

The poems remain of a biblical theme (the sacred stories), as well sacred hymns to folk music, and interestingly, numerous tales in the Classical style, dealing with love and earthly experience. Her shared tastes with her husband gave them an instant rapport and the marriage is considered a successful one.

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

Ottavia of the Talemantine Empire's husband, King Harald III of Arendaal

Ottavia was considered an ideal Renaissance beauty. The most famous portrait painted of her (seen above) is considered a jewel of European Renaissance art. The curator of the Hermitage Gallery in the 19th century said of it that there was: "No Picture More Beautiful on Earth." A close examination of Ottavia's dress and accessories -- jewels, book, coral chain, and written sheet -- reveals an elite, quattrocento interior, largely void of iconographic connotations.

The presentation of Ottavia's beauty corresponds with various descriptions in contemporary sources and focuses primarily on her physical appearance and less on her inner virtues, as in many Renaissance works. Ottavia's daughter, Marguerite I bore a remarkable resemblance to her. Ottavia doted far more on her son Rurik II than did her husband, altough she never openly opposed Harald III's decision to name Marguerite his heir over Rurik.

Ottavia died in 1513 and thus never lived to see Rurik's attempt to usurp the throne of Marguerite's son, Frederik II.

Family, Marriage and ChildrenEdit

Princess Ottavia of the Talemantine Empire married King Harald III of Arendaal in 1477 at the age of 22. Their children included:

  • Marguerite I of Arendaal (1479 - 1517) - who succeeded her father as ruler of Arendaal in 1497, the first woman to ever be crowned over her brothers
  • Rurik II of Arendaal (1480 - 1520) - who disputed Marguerite I's succession and ruled briefly (1517-1520)

SiblingsEdit

Other Royal RelationsEdit

AncestorsEdit

Ottavia of the Talemantine Empire, Queen of Arendaal's ancestors in four generations:

 
 
 
 
 
Emperor Horace IX of the Talemantine Empire
 
 
Emperor Beniamino VI
of the Talemantine Empire
 
 
 
 
 
 
Talemantine Empress
 
 
Emperor Stefano Emanuelle I
of the Talemantine Empire
 
 
 
 
 
 
Karl August of Saxony
 
 
Kristine of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
Queen Blanche I of Arendaal
 
 
Emperor Giovanni Luciano III
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See AlsoEdit

Consorts of the Kapétien Dynasty
House of Kronhielm
Aren Royalty
Preceded by
Niccola of Potenza
1455 – 1480
Queen Consort of Arendaal
1480 – 1497
Succeeded by
Juan Carlos of Coronado
1497 – 1517
Princess Consort of Norseberg
1480 – 1497
Grand Duchess Consort of Emyn Arnen
1480 – 1497

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