Sophie of Pomerania

Sophie Of Pomerania

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Sophie of Pomerania (In German: Sophia von Pommern) (1498–1568) was a Queen consort of Denmark and Norway as the spouse of King Frederick I of Denmark. She is known for her independent rule over her fiefs Lolland and Falster, the castles in Kiel and Plön, and several villages in Holsten during her tenure as queen and queen dowager.


Born in Stettin into the House of Pomerania, she was the daughter of Duke Bogislaw X, Duke of Pomerania-Wolgast and Anna Jagiellon of Poland (a daughter of Casimir IV Jagiellon and Elisabeth of Austria).

After the death of his first spouse Anna of Brandenburg in 1514, she married Prince Frederick of Denmark, the later 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 Holsten 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...
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