10th December 1590
Christina of Denmark, daughter of King Christian II of Denmark and Isabella of Austria died.
When she was two years old, Christina’s father, King Christian was deposed, and the family took refuge at the court of Marguerite of Austria (Christina’s Aunt), Regent of the Netherlands.
She lived at the Flemish court until the age of thirteen, when she travelled to Milan to be married to the Duke of Milan, Francesco Sforza. Her new husband was significantly older than her (twenty-five years older). The marriage only lasted a year as her husband died, leaving her childless.
The widowed Christina remained in Milan for a couple of years refusing numerous marriage suits including one from King Henry VIII and she is reputed to have said:
"If I had two heads, one should be at the King of England's disposal.”
Her second husband was the Duke Of Lorraine and the Duchy was at the centre of arguments between France and the Holy Roman Empire. She assisted her son as regent and kept on friendly terms with both France and the Empire in the following years, before retiring to Tortona and remained there until she died.
She was buried at Cordeliers Convent, Nancy, Lorraine.
Portrait in mourning by Hans Holbein the Younger, 1538.
Christina of Denmark, firstly Duchess-consort of Milan and then Duchess-consort of Lorraine about 1533.
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