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Helvig of Schauenburg

Helvig of Schauenburg
Countess of Oldenburg
Spouse(s) Balthasar of Mecklenburg
Dietrich of Oldenburg
Issue
Christian I of Denmark
Maurice V of Delmenhorst
Gerhard VI, Count of Oldenburg
Adelheid, Countess of Hohenstein and Mansfeld
Noble family House of Schauenburg (by birth)
House of Mecklenburg (by marriage)
House of Oldenburg (by marriage)
Father Gerhard VI of Holstein-Rendsburg
Mother Catherine Elisabeth of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Born 1398
Died 1436 (aged 37–38)
Buried St. Lambert's Church in Oldenburg

Helvig of Schauenburg (German: Heilwig von Holstein) (1398–1436), also known as Hedwig of Schauenburg, was a duchess of Schleswig and a countess of Holstein from the family of Schauenburg, and ancestor of the Danish Royal houses of Oldenburg and Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg.

She was a daughter of Gerhard VI of Holstein-Rendsburg and his wife, Catherine Elisabeth of Brunswick-Lüneburg. Her brother was Adolf VIII/I, Count of Holstein/Duke of Schleswig. Through their father, they were cognatic descendants of King Eric V of Denmark while through their mother, they were cognatic descendants of King Abel of Denmark.

On 18 April 1417 Helvig was married to Prince Balthasar of Mecklenburg, who died of the plague in 1421. In 1423 she was married to Dietrich, Count of Oldenburg. From her second marriage she had the following children:

  • Christian (1426–1481), who succeeded his father as Count of Oldenburg and Delmenhorst. In 1448, partly because of his mother's ancestry, he was elected King of Denmark. He also inherited the counties of Schleswig and Holstein upon the death of his childless uncle, Adolf VIII.
  • Maurice V of Delmenhorst (1428–1464); when his elder brother became king, he was given the County of Delmenhorst.
  • Gerhard VI of Oldenburg (1430–1500); when his eldest brother had become king, he was given the county of Oldenburg, and from his other brother's heirs he also inherited Delmenhorst in about 1483.
  • Adelheid of Oldenburg (1425–1475); first married Ernest III, Count of Hohenstein (died 1454) and then in 1474 Gerhard VI, Count of Mansfeld (died 1492).

Ancestry

Danish royal descent

 
 
 
 
 
Valdemar II
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Christopher I
 
Abel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eric V
 
Sophie
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Richenza
 
Bernhard II
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sophie
 
Bernhard III
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Henry II
 
Catherine
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gerhard VI
 
Catherine Elisabeth
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Helvig of Schauenburg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House of Oldenburg
 
 
 
 

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