Helvig of Schleswig

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Helvig of Schleswig
Haelwig of Denmark c 1375 crop.jpg
Queen Helvig shown on a contemporary fresco in St. Peter's Church, Næstved (Sankt Peders Kirke).
Queen consort of Denmark
Tenure 1340–1374
Died c. 1374
Esrum Abbey
Burial Esrum Abbey
Spouse Valdemar IV of Denmark
among others...
Christopher, Duke of Lolland
Ingeborg, Duchess of Mecklenburg
Margaret I
House House of Estridsen
Abelslægten line
Father Eric II, Duke of Schleswig
Mother Adelaide of Holstein-Rendsburg
Religion Roman Catholicism

Helvig of Schleswig (da. Helvig af Slesvig), also erroneously Hedwig of Schleswig; died 1374, was a Danish Queen consort, spouse of King Valdemar IV of Denmark. She was the mother of Queen Margaret I of Denmark, Norway and Sweden.


Helvig was the daughter of Eric II, Duke of Schleswig and sister of Valdemar V, Duke of Schleswig, who had contended the Danish throne with her Christopher II of Denmark. She married Valdemar IV in 1340 at Sønderborg Castle. She brought with her a great dowry, which helped Valdemar in his politics. Valdemar suspected Helvig of adultery, and she was given her own castle and resided there with her own court, separated from him. In 1355 Queen Helvig, became a lay sister at Esrum Abbey after being supplanted by King Valdemar's mistress, Tove. The queen was buried in the abbey church, which brought royal gifts of property for the abbey.


Helvig and Valdemar IV had at least six children;

  1. Christopher, Duke of Lolland (1344–1363)
  2. Margaret (1345–1350); betrothed to Henry III, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
  3. Ingeborg (1347–1370); married Henry III, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and was the maternal grandmother of King Eric VII of Denmark
  4. Catherine (1349); died young
  5. Valdemar (1350); died young
  6. Margaret I of Denmark (1353–1412)



  • Alf Henrikson: Dansk historia (Danish history) (1989) (Swedish)
  • Sven Rosborn (In Swedish): När hände vad i Nordens historia (When did what happen in the historiy of the Nordic countries) (1997)
Helvig of Schleswig
Cadet branch of the House of Estridsen
Danish royalty
Preceded by
Euphemia of Pomerania
Queen consort of Denmark
Succeeded by
Philippa of England