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Sophie of Pomerania

Sophie of Pomerania

The basics
Quick Facts
Gender female
Death June 28, 1406
Family
Father: Wartislaw VIDuke of Pomerania
Spouse: Henry the MildDuke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Children: William the VictoriousDuke of Brunswick-LüneburgCatherine of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Sophie of Pomerania
The details
Biography

Sophie of Pomerania (1498–1568) was queen of Denmark and Norway as the spouse of Frederick I. She is known for her independent rule over her fiefs Lolland and Falster, the castles in Kiel and Plön, and several villages in Holstein as queen.

Life

Born in Stettin (Szczecin) into the House of Pomerania, she was the daughter of Bogislaw X, Duke of Pomerania and the Polish princess Anna Jagiellon.

After the death of his first spouse Anna of Brandenburg in 1514, she married the future Frederick I of Denmark. Not much is known about her personality. She is not known to have played any political role. She is thought to have been interested in religion: a German psalm, «Gott ist mein Heil, mein Hülf und Trost», is believed to have been written by her.

Sophie became queen consort of Denmark and Norway upon the ascension of her spouse to the throne in 1523. She was crowned 13 August 1525. At her coronation, she was granted Lolland and Falster, the castles in Kiel and Plön, and several villages in Holstein for her income. In 1526, Anne Meinstrup was appointed head lady-in-waiting for her court. Queen Sophie did not live at the Danish court as queen, but resided separated from her spouse on her property in Kiel, and treated her estates as her private independent fiefs, which caused disagreements with her spouse during his reign. The conflicts continued during the reign of his successors and until her death.

In 1533, she became a widow and moved to Gottorp Castle with her children, avaiting the outcome of the election of the new king. During the Count's Feud 1533–36, her estates was occupied. In 1538, the new king asked her to leave Gottorp because of the costs and reside in Kiel. She demanded the right to rule independently over her fiefs, but was in 1540 forced to accept the superiority of the king.

Issue

She had six children:

  1. Duke John of Holstein-Haderslev (28 June 1521 – 2 October 1580)
  2. Elizabeth (14 October 1524 – 15 October 1586), married:
    1. on 26 August 1543 to Duke Magnus III of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
    2. on 14 February 1556 to Ulrich, Duke of Mecklenburg
  3. Adolf, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp (25 January 1526 – 1 October 1586)
  4. Anne (1527 – 4 June 1535)
  5. Dorothea (1528 – 11 November 1575), married on 27 October 1573 to Duke Christof of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.
  6. Frederick, Bishop of Hildesheim and Schleswig (13 April 1532 – 27 October 1556).

Ancestry

Literature

  • Politikens bog om Danske monarker, af Benito Scocozza, 1997
  • Danske dronninger i tusind år, af Steffen Heiberg, 2000

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