Talk:Christian IV of Denmark

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Why not mention, that Christian IV's motto was "Gudsfrygt styrker rigerne", meaning "Devoutness strengthen the kingdoms"?

It was "Fromhed styrker riget" or "Regna firmat pietas". See also Royal mottos of Danish monarchs Valentinian (talk) / (contribs) 02:12, 19 December 2006 (UTC)
True! Incidentally, its abbreviation, RFP, used on Corona Danica coinage, was interpreted by the contemporary Danish-Norwegian populace to mean "Riget Fattes Penge", meaning "The realm is composed of money". Boreanesia 14:05, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
Sorry, but I don't understand your translation. "Riget Fattes Penge" was indeed a common (satirical) rendering of Christian's motto, but it means "The Realm Needs Cash" (or perhaps better: "The Realm is Short of Cash"). Such claims wouldn't have sounded very convincing at the start of Christian's reign but a lot more convincing near the end of it. Valentinian T / C 18:32, 2 April 2007 (UTC)

In Fiction[edit]

Don't normally suggest editing articles, but it seemed silly not to here. Christian IV is the central character in the book "Music and Silence" by Rose Tremain. It seemed strange to have a "in fiction" section and not include this.Tpacw (talk) 11:56, 8 April 2008 (UTC)

Legacy[edit]

There's a sentence in the "Legacy" section that confuses me: "Nevertheless, Christian attained a legacy of great popularity with the people, as one of the few Danish kings from the House of Oldenburg."

As I understand it (and I'm no historian), the House of Oldenburg ruled Denmark for several hundred years, so there were more than a few Danish kings from the House of Oldenburg. Additionally, I have no idea what connection his royal house has with his popularity, and I don't understand what the writer was trying to say with this sentence. As such, I'll leave it alone, but request that somebody more knowledgeable than me clarify and/or correct the sentence. 128.163.7.129 (talk) 14:03, 15 June 2011 (UTC)

Although I did not write the original sentence, I have changed the wording to "Nevertheless, Christian was one of the few Danish kings from the House of Oldenburg that achieved a lasting legacy of popularity with the Danish people", which suspect was the message the original writer intended to convey. --Saddhiyama (talk) 14:12, 15 June 2011 (UTC)

Succession date[edit]

Did he really succeeded as King in 4 April 1588? Denmark was an elective monarchy during his days. He must have been elected as king shortly after his father's death unless he was recognized as heir during his father's lifetime.--Queen Elizabeth II's Little Spy (talk) 02:27, 1 July 2011 (UTC)

Witch Hunter[edit]

Christian IV was obsessed with witches during the Burning Times. This is barely mentioned here and not at all in the Danish version of the page. Someone with the appropriate sources to refer to (a Dane who cares about historical fact?) should expand this disturbing aspect to a leader who is still regarded highly today. We need our history warts and all, please! (example reference: https://www.mtholyoke.edu/courses/rschwart/hist257/lawstatejudges/denmark.html) Kaecyy (talk) 16:50, 15 January 2014 (UTC)