Christian IV of Denmark

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Christian IV (12 April 1577 – 28 February 1648) was the king of Denmark-Norway from 1588 until his death. With a reign of more than 59 years, he is the longest-reigning monarch of Denmark, and he is frequently remembered as one of the most remarkable Danish kings, having initiated many reforms and projects.[citation needed] He is sometimes referred to as Christian Firtal in Denmark and Christian Kvart or Quart in Norway.

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Court life

The son of Frederick II, king of Denmark-Norway, and Sofie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, he was born at Frederiksborg castle in 1577.[1] He descended, through his mother's side, from king Hans of Denmark, thus uniting the senior branch' descent to the crown.[citation needed] He succeeded to the throne at the age of 11, on the death of his father on 4 April 1588.[1] While he was still growing up, chancellor Niels Kaas and the Rigsraadet council served as trustees of the royal power. He received a good education, and was a headstrong and talented student.[2] At the age of 18, Christian ascended the throne on 17 August 1596.[1]

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