To Charlotte Amalie
Skipper and First Mate Millard (Big Bear and Pepe)
Tue 26 Jan 2010 22:30
En Route to Charlotte Amalie
The wide natural bay of Charlotte Amalie
Charlotte Amalie the person
Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Cassel was born in Kassel, Hesse, Germany. Her parents were Landgrave Wilhelm VI of Hesse-Kessel and his wife Hedwig Sophie of Brandenburg. She was well educated in French, Italian, geography and philosophy. Her marriage was arranged by her future mother-in-law, who wanted a daughter-in-law she could control, and in 1665, her future spouse was sent to Hesse to get to know her. The negotiations were drawn out, mainly because of religious matters. Charlotte Amalie was married on the 25th of June 1667 to Prince Christian and became Queen of Denmark on his accession in 1670. As well as other children, they had a son, later King Frederik IV, and a daughter Sophie Hedwig.
Charlotte Amalie did not get along with her mother-in-law but was allowed to carry on her Reformed faith, not having to convert to Lutheran, her husband as head of state, was leader of the state church. She was even allowed to build a Reformed Church, although the Lutheran clergy opposed this and her becoming queen. Her spouse prevented her from having any major political influence, he was guarding against her being like his own mother. She did however manage to achieve rights for the followers of her faith in Denmark. Charlotte Amalie was described as charmful, with great tact, though not beautiful. It was much appreciated that she learned Danish. The relationship with her spouse was never a love match - he was constantly unfaithful during their marriage: his relationship with Sophie Amalie Moth started in 1672 - but it was a warm and mutually respectful friendship. She was not set aside at court, but enjoyed full status as queen. She was very close to her children and described as a good mother. Charlotte Amalie died in Copenhagen and is buried in Roskilde Cathedral.
The local traffic don't care about wash and making you wiggle on the water
This we loved, the worker sitting on the wood delivery
Freya of Clyde entering between the yellow buoys (pronounced in the US as boo ees)
ALL IN ALL VERY DIFFERENT TO BE ABLE TO ANCHOR RIGHT IN A CAPITAL CITY