Adela of Meissen

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Adela of Meissen
Queen consort of Danmark
Reign 1152–1157
Died 23 October 1181
Spouse Sweyn III of Denmark
Adalbert III, Count of Ballenstedt
Issue son (died in infancy)
Luccardis, Margravine of Istria
House Wettin (by birth)
Estridsen (by marriage)
Father Conrad, Margrave of Meissen
Mother Luitgard of Ravenstein

Adela of Meissen (also Adelheid or Adele) (died 23 October 1181) was a Danish Queen consort, spouse of King Sweyn III of Denmark. She was the daughter of Conrad, Margrave of Meissen, and Luitgard of Ravenstein.

Adela was born in Meissen.[1] She was married to Sweyn in 1152. As queen of Denmark, Adela was not popular, but criticized for influencing her spouse to abandon Danish customs in favour of German ones.

Widowed in 1157, she married count Adalbert III of Ballenstedt.


Issue with Swein

Issue with Adalbert


  1. ^ "Adela of Meissen (fl. 12th century)". Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. Gale Research Inc. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  • Alf Henrikson: Dansk historia (Danish history) (1989) (Swedish)
  • Sven Rosborn (In Swedish): När hände vad i Nordens historia (When did what happen in the history of the Nordic countries) (1997)
  • Biography in Dansk Biografisk Leksikon 1. ed.
Adela of Meissen
Born:  ? Died: 23 October 1181
Preceded by
Lutgard of Salzwedel
(Queen consort)
Royal Consort of Denmark
(Queen consort)
Succeeded by
Helena of Sweden
(Queen consort)