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Christian I of Denmark

Kristian I
ReignFrom September 28, 1448
- until May 21, 1481 in Denmark
From 1450
- until May 21, 1481 in Norway
1457 - 1464 in Sweden
Coronation1449 in Denmark
1457 in Sweden
Royal HouseOldenburg
ConsortsDorothea af Brandenburg
PredecessorsChristopher of Bavaria in Denmark
Carl I in Norway
Jöns Bengtsson Oxenstierna and
Erik Axelsson Tott in Sweden
SuccessorsJohn in Denmark and Norway
Kettil Karlsson Vasa in Sweden
Date of Birth1426
Place of BirthOldenburg, Schleswig-Holstein
Date of DeathMay 21, 1481
Place of DeathCopenhagen, Denmark

Christian I of Denmark (1426-1481), Danish monarch and union king of Denmark (1448-1481), Norway (1450-1481) and Sweden (1457-1464), under the Kalmar Union. In Sweden his short tenure as regent was preceded by viceroys, Jöns Bengtsson Oxenstierna and Erik Axelsson Tott and succeeded by viceroy Kettil Karlsson Vasa.

He was born in February 1426 in Oldenburg. His father was Count Dietrich of Oldenburg (died 1444). His mother was his father's second wife, Hedwig of Schleswig and Holstein (died 1436). Christian had two brothers, Count Moritz V of Delmenhorst (1428 - 1464) and Count Gerhard VI of Oldenburg and Delmenhorst (1430 - 1500), and one sister Adelheid.

Christian married Dorothea of Brandenburg (1430 - November 25 1495), the widow of King Christopher of Bavaria and thus dowager queen, on October 28 1449 in Copenhagen. Dorothea and Christian had five children:

  1. Olaf (1450-1451)
  2. Knut (1451-1455)
  3. John (Kung Hans) (1455 - 1513), Duke of Schleswig and Holstein, King of Denmark, Norway and Sweden
  4. Margarete (1456-1486), 13 years old married to the 17 years old King James III of Scotland
  5. Frederick (1471-1533), Duke of Schleswig and Holstein, King of Denmark and Norway

King Christian died in Copenhagen on May 21, 1481, at the age of 55.

Preceded by:
Christopher of Bavaria
List of Danish monarchs
List of Norwegian monarchs
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
Oxenstierna and Tott
List of Swedish monarchs Succeeded by:
Kettil Vasa