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Robert Knýtling of Franken
By the Grace of God, Prince Consort of the Empire of the North and Arendaal
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Prince Consort of the North
Consort of Queen Adeliza I of Arendaal
Consort 1572 – 1600
Predecessor Frederika of Suionia
Successor Antoinette of Lorraine
Prince Consort of Arendaal
Consort of Queen Adeliza I of Arendaal
Consort 1572 – 1600
Predecessor Frederika of Suionia
Successor Antoinette of Lorraine
Birth 1529, Nürnberg
Death Dec. 1600, Loire
From Franken
Marriage August 1572, Norseland Chateau
Father Son of Nikolaus IV of Franken
Mother x
Issue Edvard III of Arendaal
Karolina, Queen of Montelimar
Alienore of Havenshire
Royal House House of Knýtling (by birth)
House of Lundmark (founder)
Full Name Robert Knýtling av Lundsmark
Religion Christian (Protestant)
Buried Norseland Chateau

Robert Knýtling of Franken ("Robert the Protestant" or "Robert the Wise") (1529 - 1600) was the husband of Adeliza I, Queen of Arendaal and Empress of the North and thus the Prince Consort of Arendaal and of the Empire of the North between 1572 and his death in 1600. Robert was the younger brother of Sebastian III of Franken, first King of Franken, and grandson of Duke Nikolaus IV.


'Robert of Franken with his wife, Adeliza I of Arendaal, Empress of the North, and their children, including Edvard III and Karolina of Montelimar


His marriage to the Empress was a monumental event, not only carrying on the traditions of marriage alliances between Arendaal and Franken but also marking a powerful union between the two greatest Protestant Houses of the age.

Despite the age gap, Robert and Adeliza two soon became very close. Their first child, the future Edvard III was born shortly after their wedding and a string of children quickly followed suit. There are many anecdotes about the couple displaying affection and playfulness towards each other even in public.


Robert of Franken and Adeliza I of Arendaal at court
Aren Royalty
Kapétien Dynasty
House of Norregaard

House of Kronhielm
Last monarchs
   Marguerite I of Arendaal
   Rurik II of Arendaal
Marguerite I's children
   Frederik II of Arendaal
   Gisela, Queen of Franken
   Malena,HolyGermanicEmpress
Frederik II
Consort
   Helena of Franken
Children include
   Johannes I of Arendaal
   Katherine I of Arendaal
   Bjorn III of Arendaal
Johannes I
Consort
   Blanche of Montelimar
Children include
   Kristian II of Arendaal
   Elisa, Queen of Anglyn
   Adele,TalemantineEmpress
Katherine I
Consort
   Matthieu of Lorraine
Bjorn III
Consort
   Sophie of Eiffelland
Kristian II
Consort
   Frederika of Suionia
Children include
   Adeliza I of Arendaal
   Elisabet,Queen ofEiffelland
Adeliza I
Consort
   Robert of Franken
Children include
   Edvard III of Arendaal
   Alienore of Havenshire
   Karolina,QueenofMontelimar
House of Lundmark

According to contemporary reports, Robert was infatuated with his young beautiful bride from the moment of their first meeting. His easy charm, knowledge of poetry and handsome features quickly endeared him to his wife. It was only after the difficult birth of their last child nearly twenty years into their marriage, Adeliza became weary of the dangers of another pregnancy and determined not to bear more children.

Robert of Franken proved an able consort for the formidable and headstrong Empress Adeliza I. Far older than his wife he was also more cautious and his counsel must be credited for sobering the young Adeliza's judgements. His correspondence to his daughters reveals a similar cautious streak in his advice on dealing with court intrigues coupled with a shrewd understanding of their dynamics.


He was shrewd in his political machinations too which made him popular with the Aren people who thought him "not at all power hungry". His Protestant faith further secured his popularity with the populace. Adeliza I once remarked about her husband: "He leads me like a groom, letting the people know he has no designs to be my equal".

He appears to have been generally liked by his contemporaries: "dynamic, good-natured and earnest, a suitably pious Protestant, having a lively body and a peaceful disposition." Adeliza for her part was enamoured with her husband and heartbroken upon his death. The Empress survived him by only four years.

Family, Marriage and ChildrenEdit

Prince Robert of Franken married Adeliza I of Arendaal, Empress of the North and Queen of Arendaal in 1572. Their children included:

SiblingsEdit

Other Royal RelationsEdit

AncestorsEdit

Robert of Franken, Prince Consort of the North's ancestors in four generations:

 
 
 
 
 
Heinrich V of Franken, Holy Germanic Emperor
 
 
Heinrich VI of Franken, Holy Germanic Emperor
 
 
 
 
 
 
Madeleine of Arendaal
 
 
Duke Nikolaus IV of Franken
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Robert of Franken, Prince Consort of the North
 
 
 
 
 
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See AlsoEdit

Consorts of the Kapétien Dynasty
House of Norregaard/Lundmark
Empire of the North
Preceded by
Frederika of Suionia
1560 - 1570
Prince Consort of the North
1572 – 1600
Succeeded by
Antoinette of Lorraine
1604 – 1606
Aren Royalty
Preceded by
Frederika of Suionia
1560 - 1570
Prince Consort of Arendaal
1572 – 1600
Succeeded by
Antoinette of Lorraine
1604 – 1606
Prince Consort of Norseberg
1572 – 1600
Grand Duke Consort of Emyn Arnen
1572 – 1600

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