Helena of Denmark
|Helena of Denmark|
|Spouse(s)||William of Winchester|
|Noble family||House of Estridsen|
|Father||Valdemar I of Denmark|
|Mother||Sophia of Minsk|
|Died||22 November 1233
|Buried||Benedictine monastery of St. Michael in Lüneburg|
Helen was the youngest daughter of King Valdemar I of Denmark (1131-1182) and his wife Princess Sophia of Minsk (1141-1198). She was the sister of the Danish kings Canute VI and Valdemar II and Queen Ingeborg of France.
In the summer of 1202 in Hamburg, Princess Helena married Duke William of Lüneburg (1184-1213), so she became the daughter-in-law of Duke Henry the Lion of Saxony and his English wife Princess Matilda. Helena and William had one son, the future Duke, Otto I the child of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1204-1252). After the early death of her husband, Duke William, in 1213, her brother Emperor Otto IV took over the reign of Lüneburg, as regent for William's son Otto the Child. Otto was appointed heir of the allodial property of the Guelphs by his uncle Henry the Elder.
Duchess Helene died in 1233 and was buried in the Benedictine monastery of St. Michael in Lüneburg.
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