Anna Sophie Reventlow Queen of Denmark & Norway


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Anna Sophie Reventlow Queen of Denmark & Norway

  • Born: 16 Apr 1693, Manor house at Klausholm, near Randers, Jutland, Denmark
  • Marriage: King Frederik IV of Denmark and Norway on 4 Apr 1721
  • Died: 7 Jan 1743 at age 49
  • Buried: Roskilde Domkirke, Copenhagen, Sjælland, Denmark

  General Notes:

Anne Sophie Reventlow was queen consort of Denmark and Norway 1721-30, the second wife of king Frederick IV of Denmark and Norway.

She was daughter of Conrad, Count Reventlow who served Frederick as Chancellor of Denmark 1699-1708.

She became king's mistress when his first wife, Louise of Mecklenburg-Güstrow, yet lived. The king had been bigamous during his first marriage, having had at least one and possibly two morganatic wives along with his queen. The church authorities had not forbidden the king to engage in polygamy, as there were doctrines based on biblical polygamy of Hebrew patriarchs.

On 4 April 1721, soon after the death of Queen Louise, the king married Anne Sophie. He declined to make this marriage morganatic, although it was regarded highly scandalous by many subjects and foreign rulers alike, as it was outside the era's standards that royals marry regular noblewomen, their own subjects (thev requirements of so-called Ebenbuertigkeit).

Crown Prince Christian , who had been very close to his mother , detested her strongly.

The king had Anne Sophie recognized as queen. Three children were born of this marriage, but each of them died at or before one year of age.

Several of Anna Sophie's relatives, popularly known as the "Reventlow Gang", gained great influence within the government, but it is unknown whether Anna Sophie herself had any real political power. After Frederik IV's death in 1730, she was expelled from Copenhagen to her birth place, the manor house Klausholm near Randers, Jutland.

Anna married King Frederik IV of Denmark and Norway, son of King Christian V of Denmark and Norway and Charlotte Amelia of Hesse-Cassel Queen of Denmark & Norway, on 4 Apr 1721. (King Frederik IV of Denmark and Norway was born on 11 Oct 1671, died on 12 Oct 1730 and was buried in Roskilde Domkirke, Copenhagen, Sjælland, Denmark.)

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