Portrait of Frederick II of Denmark, suitor to Queen Elizabeth I. Walsingham, who managed all the arrangements with Elizabeth I's suitors, used the wooing to facilitate English foreign policy. Frederick was persuaded to incarcerate Mary, Queen of Scots husband, The Earl of Bothwell, who died 10 years later chained to a post. Frederick's daughter, Anne, eventually married Mary's son, James VI of Scotland/James I of England.
Sophie (1557–1631, nee of Mecklenburg-Gustrow), was Queen consort of Denmark as the wife of Frederick II, her cousin. She was the mother of Anne, consort of James I/VI of Britain and Christian IV of Denmark. A lover of knowledge, she was interested in science (and visited astronomer Tycho Brahe) and folklore. She served as regent for her son when he was a minor in Schleswig-Holstein. Sophie died age 74, the richest woman in Northern Europe.
Portrait of Sigismund III (1566 - 1632). Sigismund III was King of Sweden from 1592 until 1599, when he was deposed by his uncle. He was also King of Poland from 1587 until his death in 1632. He married twice and had twelve children.
Christina of Denmark, Duchess of Milan and later Duchess of Lorraine (1521-1590). Recently widowed, Christina famously refused the suit of Henry VIII when he was looking for his fourth wife; she supposedly said if she had two necks, then Henry would be welcome to one of them. After her second marriage, Christina served as regent of Lorraine from 1545-1552 during the minority of her son, Charles. She and her son laid claim to Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
Karin Månsdotter was Queen of Sweden, having first been a mistress and then the wife of King Eric XIV of Sweden. In 1564, Karin Månsdotter was employed as a servant to the wife of the King's trusted court musician Gert Cantor, who held a tavern and a guest house in his home; Karin likely helped to serve the guests. She was also a maid to the King's sister, Princess Elizabeth, when she became mistress to the king in 1565.
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