Home / General Information / List of Monarch Reigns / Denmark / Christoffer 2. (King Christopher II), second reign

Information about reign: Christoffer 2. (King Christopher II), second reign

CountryDenmark
From1329
To2 July 1332
Personal InformationKing Christopher II of Denmark (1276 - 1332)
Description

Christopher II (Danish: Christoffer 2.) was king of Denmark from 1320 to 1326 and again from 1329 until his death. He was son of Eric V. His name is connected with national disaster, as his rule ended in an almost total dissolution of the Danish state.

History's judgment of Christopher has been extremely hard, and he has often been regarded as a weak, unreliable and incapable tyrant - "the king who mortgaged Denmark to the Germans". He in many ways simply carried on the policy of his predecessor. The policy of mortgaging parts of Denmark was common practice by nobles and kings alike to raise money. It would be incorrect to call him a passive ruler; the power of the Danish and German high nobility and their co-operation with church establishment undermined his freedom of action.

Upon his death Denmark ceased being a formal kingdom, and for the next eight years it was subdued by various mortgagees to German military rule.