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Sophie of Pomerania

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Tenure  1523–1533
Name  Sophie Pomerania
Mother  Anna Jagiellon

Burial  Schleswig Cathedral
Coronation  13 August 1525
House  House of the Griffins
Sophie of Pomerania
Issue  John II, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Haderslev Elizabeth, Duchess of Mecklenburg Adolf, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp Anne Dorothea, Duchess of Mecklenburg Frederick, Bishop of Hildesheim and Schleswig
Father  Bogislaw X, Duke of Pomerania
Died  May 13, 1568, Schleswig, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Spouse  Frederick I of Denmark (m. 1518–1533)
Children  Elizabeth of Denmark, Duchess of Mecklenburg
Parents  Bogislaw X, Duke of Pomerania, Anna Jagiellon, Duchess of Pomerania
Similar People  Frederick I of Denmark, Sophie of Mecklenburg‑Gustrow, Elizabeth of Denmark, Bogislaw X - Duke of Pomerania, Christian III of Denmark

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.



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.


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).


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

    Sophie of Pomerania Wikipedia

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