Agnes of Brandenburg

Agnes of Brandenburg

Fresco of Queen Agnes from the ceiling of St. Bendt's Church, Ringsted
Queen consort of Danmark
Reign 1273–1286
Born c. 1257
Died 29 September 1304
Burial St. Bendt's Church
Spouse Eric V of Denmark
Gerhard II of Holstein-Plön
House House of Ascania
Father John I, Margrave of Brandenburg
Mother Brigitte of Saxony
Religion Roman Catholicism

Not to be confused with Agnes of Babenberg

Agnes of Brandenburg (c. 1257 – 29 September 1304) was a Danish Queen consort, spouse of King Eric V of Denmark. As a widow, she served as the regent of Denmark for her son Eric during his minority from 1286 until 1293.

Born to margrave John I of Brandenburg (d. 1266) and Brigitte of Saxony. Married on 11 November 1273 to King Eric of Denmark at Schleswig. The marriage was probably agreed upon during Eric's captivity in Brandenburg in the 1260s. Tradition claims that Eric was released from captivity on his promise to marry Agnes without a dowry. Denmark and Brandenburg, however, had a long tradition of dynastic marriages between them.

In 1286, she became a Queen dowager and the Regent of Denmark during the minority of her son. The details of her regency are not known more closely, and it is hard to determine which of the decisions were made by her, and which was made by the council. Peder Nielsen Hoseøl was also very influential in the regency, and she is likely to have received support from her family. In 1290, she financed a granted lime painting in the church St. Bendt's Church in Ringsted, which depicts her in a dominating way. Her son was declared of legal majority in 1293, thus ending her formal regency.

Agnes of Brandenburg

Married in 1293 to count Gerhard II of Holstein-Plön (d. 1312) with whom she had the son John III, Count of Holstein-Plön. She often visited Denmark also after her second marriage, and it continued to be a second home. She died on 29 September 1304, and was buried in Denmark.



Agnes of Brandenburg
Born: circa 1257 Died: 29 September 1304
Danish royalty
Preceded by
Margaret Sambiria
Queen consort of Denmark
Succeeded by
Ingeborg Magnusdotter of Sweden

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