Christian IV of Denmark
Historical Figure
Nationality: Denmark
Date of Birth: 1577
Date of Death: 1648
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Religion: Lutheran
Occupation: Monarch
Parents: Frederik II
Sofie von Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Spouse: Anne Catherine of Brandenburg (d. 1612);
Kirsten Munk
Children: 24 acknowledged, some of which predeceased him
Relatives: James I of England (brother-in-law)
Charles I of England (nephew)
Charles II of England and James II of England (grandnephews)
Gustavus Adolphus (second cousin)
House: Oldenburg
Political Office(s): King of Denmark and Norway
Fictional Appearances:
Ruled Britannia
POD: July-August, 1588
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference

Christian IV (12 April 1577 - 28 February 1648), sometimes spelled Kristian, was the king of Denmark and Norway from 1588 until his death, and the longest-reigning monarch of either country. He is sometimes referred to as Christian Firtal in Denmark and Christian Kvart or Quart in Norway.

From 1624 to 1925, Norway's capital, Oslo, was named Christiania or Kristania in his honour, because he had organised its rebuilding following the great fire.

Christian IV in Ruled Britannia[]

Christian IV granted asylum to Anthony Bacon and his young lover Tom in 1598, as they fled England one step ahead of the Spaniards.[1] Upon learning this, Lope de Vega announced that there was something rotten in the state of Denmark if the supposedly "Christian" king allowed refuge to a "proven sodomite".

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  1. Ruled Britannia, pg. 219.
Royal offices
Preceded by
Frederik II
King of Denmark and Norway
Succeeded by
Frederik III