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John of Denmark

John, Johann, Johan II, or colloquially "Hans", Danish monarch and union king of Denmark (1481–1513), Norway (1483–1513) Sweden (1497–1501), under the Kalmar Union, and also Duke of Schleswig and Holstein. He was born on February 2, 1455 as the son of Christian I and Dorotea av Hohenzollern-Brandenburg, daughter of Margrave Hans of Brandenburg. In 1478 he married Christina of Saxony , granddaughter of Frederick the Gentle of Saxony. This produced the following offspring: Christian II of Denmark, Franciscus, Knud, and Elisabeth, who later married as princess of Brandenburg. He died on February 20, 1513.

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Reign in Denmark 1481-July 22, 1513
Reign in Norway 1483-July 22, 1513

Regency until 1506.

Reign in Sweden 1497-1501
Coronation n/a in Denmark

n/a in Norway
November 26, 1497 in Sweden

Queen Chistina of Saxony
Predecessors Christian I in Denmark and Norway

Sten Sture the Elder in Sweden

Successors Christian II in Denmark and Norway

Sten Sture the Elder in Sweden

Date of Birth February 2, 1455
Place of Birth Aalborg Castle , Aalborg
Date of Death February 20, 1513
Place of Death Aalborg Castle , Aalborg
Place of Burial Odense, Denmark

According to the Privilege of Ripen the Noble Diets of the duchies of Schleswig and Holstein were to elect a duke among the sons of the previous duke. After the death of Christian I, John did however successfully argue for electing both sons to co-dukes (in 1482), when it looked as though his 10 years old brother Frederick was going to be elected. Although it was initially agreed they should govern the duchies jointly, at the majority of Frederick (in 1490) the duchies were never the less divided.

Preceded by:
Christian I
King of Denmark Succeeded by:
Christian II
King of Norway
Sten Sture the Elder King of Sweden Sten Sture the Elder

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