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Sophie of Eiffelland
By the Grace of God, Queen of all Arendaal
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Queen Consort of Arendaal
Consort to King Bjorn III of Arendaal
Consort 1554 – 1560
Predecessor Matthieu of Lorraine
Successor Frederika of Suionia
Birth March 1535, Eiffelland
Death 8 August 1589, Leuven
From Eiffelland
Marriage June 1552, Norseland Chateau
Father King of Eiffelland
Mother Queen of Eiffelland
Issue Matthias, Grand Duke of Hainaut
Royal House House of Eiffelland (by birth)
House of Norregaard (by marriage)
Full Name Sophie von Norregaard-Kapét
Religion Christian (Catholic)
Buried Leuven Cathedral

Sophie of Eiffelland ("Sophie the Regal") (1535-1589) was the wife of King Bjorn III of Arendaal and thus the Queen Consort of Arendaal between 1554 and 1560. By birth she was a Princess of the Kingdom of Eiffelland.


Illuminated miniature of Queen Sophie


Sophie's husband Bjorn III and Bjorn's sister Queen Katherine I had usurped the claim of their elder brother's son, Kristian II because of his conversion to Protestant Christianity. The Wars of Religion reigned in Arendaal between 1545 and 1560 when Kristian II deposed Sophie's husband. King Bjorn III, having been injured in battle died shortly thereafter.

Although Sophie had been devoted to her husband, Kristian II invited her back to Court in 1561 and the two were reconciled. He confered grand titles upon her children and allowed them to inherit their father's vast estates in Hainaut.


Sophie's husband, King Bjorn III of Arendaal
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

Sophie of Eiffelland remained an important figure at the court of Kristian's daughter Queen Adeliza I. She was close to Blanche of Montelimar, the widow of her husband Bjorn III's brother, King Johannes I. Their extensive correspondence survives and sheds invaluable light on the inside workings of the 16th century Aren court.

In contrast to Blanche who was gentle, even meek, and unassuming, Sophie was a much more domineering and ambitious figure. She had a good grasp of court politics as she demonstrated during Kristian II's reign. While her husband was King, however, he does not seem to have allowed her much political influence. This would emerge as a point in her favour after Bjorn's death as it absolved her from blame in his mistreatment of Protestants.

Family, Marriage and ChildrenEdit

Sophie of Eiffelland married King Bjorn III of Arendaal in 1552. Their children included:

  • Matthias, Grand Duke of Hainaut (b. 1564)

Other Royal RelationsEdit

AncestorsEdit

Sophie of Eiffelland, Queen of Arendaal's ancestors in four generations:

 
 
 
 
 
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See AlsoEdit

Consorts of the Kapétien Dynasty
House of Norregaard
Aren Royalty
Preceded by
Matthieu of Lorraine
1550 – 1554
Queen Consort of Arendaal
1554 – 1560
Succeeded by
Frederika of Suionia
1560 – 1570
Princess Consort of Norseberg
1554 – 1560
Grand Duchess Consort of Emyn Arnen
1554 – 1560

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