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Rurik II of Arendaal
By the Grace of God, King of all Arendaal
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King of Arendaal
Reign 1517 - 1520
Coronation June 1517, Kronstad
Predecessor Queen Marguerite I
Successor King Frederik II
Consort Caitlin of Eireann
Birth 16 November 1480, Trondheim
Death 22 December 1520, Goteborg
Father King Harald III of Arendaal
Mother Ottavia of the Talemantine Empire
Issue Viktor, Grand Duke of Skaneland
Royal House Kapétien Dynasty
House of Kronhielm
Full Name Rurik der Kronhielm-Kapét
Religion Christian (Catholic)
Buried Kronhielm Tombs, Emyn Arnen

Rurik II of Arendaal ("Rurik the Bad") (1480 - 1520) was the King of Arendaal between 1517 and 1520. He was the second child and eldest son of King Harald III of Arendaal and Ottavia of the Talemantine Empire. He was replaced as his father's heir by his elder sister, Marguerite I when his father changed the Royal Laws of Succession. Whereas previously the eldest son of a King would inherit the throne, Harald III now decreed that the first born child, regardless of gender, would be their heir. Thus Marguerite and not Rurik II succeeded Harald III in 1497.


Rurik II (center), his advisors and his wife Caitlin of Eireann plotting his usurpation of power
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

Rurik II mounted a rebellion during the first year of his sister's rule, but he was defeated. Marguerite did not have him imprisoned but rather permitted him to go north and manage his estates as Grand Duke of Skaneland. Perhaps surprisingly, Rurik II spent the rest of her reign living fairly peacefully in northern Arendaal. However, when Marguerite I died in 1517, Rurik II mounted a successful rebellion against her son, Frederik II. He ruled as King for three years, until he was finally deposed and replaced by Frederik II in 1520. He died months later.

In his youth Rurik II was known as a dashing figure at his father's court, handsome and confident, who enjoyed hunting, tournaments and women. He was largely uninterested in scholarship, foreign travel or commerce, and was critical of his father's policies supporting guilds and limiting the amount of money that could be extracted through taxation from regional estates.


Rurik II's beautiful and domineering wife, Caitlin of Eireann


His father consequently dubbed him frivolous and even "senseless", but it is clear that Rurik II was by no means unintelligent. Certainly, in terms of his learning and personality, Rurik was not nearly as impressive as his father, the great Renaissance Prince or his brilliant elder sister.

He was overshadowed too by his strong-willed wife, Princess Caitlin of Eireann. Caitlin was incensed over the 'usurpation' of Rurik and wished herself to be Queen - accordingly she conspired to make it so. Recognizing Marguerite I's power, she only pushed her husband to claim the throne after Marguerite's death, when her son and presumptive successor, Frederik II was still weak.


Rurik II's nephew and successor, King Frederik II


Rurik II's relationship with his father was tense throughout his teenage years - Rurik was often sullen and moody in response to his formidable father's criticisms, and Harald III in turn saw little of himself in his son. Courtiers commented that the two were alike in appearance only, and despite their shared love of sportsmanship, they had little in common. Until she replaced him as their father's heir in 1496, Rurik was close to his sister Marguerite I. The fact that he did not continue in his resistance to her rule suggests that his fondness for her never completely disappeared. The two reconciled somewhat, Rurik II even occassionally visited Marguerite at her court.

After 1520 Rurik II was placed under house arrest in Goteborg Citadel by his nephew Frederik. The conditions of his confinement, however, were those "befitting a King". Frederik II allowed Rurik's widow Caitlin of Eireann to live at Arnen Castle and also arranged beneficial marriages for Rurik's children. Rurik and Caitlin's children were allowed to inherit his property and his eldest son inherited his title of Grand Duke of Skaneland.

Family, Marriage and ChildrenEdit

King Rurik II of Arendaal married Princess Caitlin of Eireann. Their children included:

SiblingsEdit

Other Royal RelationsEdit

AncestorsEdit

Rurik II of Arendaal's ancestors in four generations:

 
 
 
 
 
King Jean V of Montelimar
 
 
Charles of Montelimar
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nissa of Arendaal
 
 
King Gustav IV of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
King Niklaas III of Arendaal
 
 
Queen Madeleine I of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
Anna of Franken
 
 
King Harald III of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
Duke of Potenza
 
 
Duke of Potenza
 
 
 
 
 
 
Duchess of Potenza
 
 
Niccola Grimaldi of Potenza
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Duchess of Potenza
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Rurik II of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
Emperor Beniamino VI of the Talemantine Empire
 
 
Emperor Stefano Emanuelle I of the Talemantine Empire
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kristine of Arendaal
 
 
Emperor Giovanni Luciano III of the Talemantine Empire
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Talemantine Empress
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Ottavia of the Talemantine Empire
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Talemantine Empress
 
 
 
 
 
 
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See AlsoEdit

Kapétien Dynasty
House of Kronhielm

Regnal titles
Preceded by
Queen Marguerite I
1497 – 1517
King of Arendaal
1517 - 1520
Succeeded by
King Frederik II
1520 – 1545
Prince of Norseberg
1517 - 1520
Grand Duke of Emyn Arnen
1517 - 1520
Aren royalty
Preceded by
King Harald III
Crown Prince of Arendaal
Prince of Fjordholm

1480 - 1496
Succeeded by
Queen Marguerite I

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