Christopher III, also called Christopher of Bavaria, Danish Christoffer af Bayern, Swedish Kristofer av Bayern, Norwegian Christoffer av Bayern, (born Feb. 26, 1418—died Jan. 5, 1448, Hälsingborg, Den. [now Helsingborg, Sweden]), king of the Danes (1439–48), Swedes (1441–48), and Norwegians (1442–48) whose reign saw a sharp decline in royal power as a result of commercial domination by the north German trading centres of the Hanseatic League and increasing political authority of the ...
Palatinate-Neumarkt. Father. John, Count Palatine of Neumarkt. Mother. Catherine of Pomerania. Religion. Roman Catholicism. Christopher of Bavaria  (26 February 1416 – 5/6 January 1448) was King of Denmark (1440–48, as Christopher III ), Sweden (1441–48) and Norway (1442–48) during the era of the Kalmar Union.
Christopher III (Danish: Christoffer III; German: Christoph III.; Norweigen: Christoffer III; Swedish: Kristofer III) (26 February 1416 - 5 January 1448) was the King of Denmark from 1440 until 1448, Norway from 1442 until 1448, and Sweden from 1441 until 1448, and the Count Palatine of Nuemarkt from 1443 until 1448.
Christopher was born in Neumarkt in 1416 as the son of John, Count Palatine of Neumarkt and a nephew of Eric of Pomerania. Being unfamiliar with both Pomerania and Scandinavia, the nobility appointed him in 1439 as the regent of his uncle. In 1440 he appointed the King of Denmark. Through the granting of concessions he was also recognised as the Ki...
John married Dorothea of Brandenburg-Kulmbach, daughter of Margrave John, on 12 September 1445. He had no children.
Christian III (12 August 1503 – 1 January 1559) reigned as King of Denmark from 1534 and King of Norway from 1537 until his death in 1559. During his reign, Christian formed close ties between the church and the crown. He established Lutheranism as the state religion within his realms as part of the Protestant Reformation.
found: Encyc. Brit. Micropaedia, 15th ed. (Christopher III; also called Christopher of Bavaria; DANISH & NORWEGIAN Christoffer; SWEDISH Kristofer; b. Feb. 26, 1418; d. Jan. 5, 1448; king of Denmark 1439-1448; king of Sweden 1441-1448; king of Norway 1442-1448)