Fred II if Denmark and Mary Queen of Scots

Dec 2011
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On reading Antonia Fraser's Mary Queen of Scots, I noticed that it mentions King Frederick II of Denmark as one of her suitors.

Has anyone any information on this? When exactly was the proposal made? Did they ever meet or was it all done through ambassadors? Is there nay evidence that Mary ever seriously considered Frederick as a husband?

Clearly religion would be a problem. He was Lutheran, she Catholic. But she had problems anyway with John Knox and Co, and a few Danish regiments could have come in handy at times. And personally, he could hardly be worse than Darnley or Bothwell

Can anyone help?
 
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Frederick II sent his ambassador Jørgen Lykke to the court in Valois in 1560 shortly after Francis II died.
A Scottish marriage with French support could put a damper on the English display of force if Erik XIV of Sweden was successful in a marriage with Elisabeth I, as we know, it did not succeed.
Charles IX warmly welcomed the ambassadors and later in 1561, a French delegation came to Denmark and handed over to Frederick II the Order of Saint Michael.
Moreover, as late as 1564, the Scottish Ambassador William Douglas of Whittingham asked Frederick whether he wanted to marry Mary Stuart.
And at that time Frederik was still contemplating the idea of marrying the Scottish Queen although his influential Holstein governor Heinrich Rantzau thought it was a bad idea because that marriage would arouse the hostility of the Spaniards.
However, hope was shattered when news of Mary Stuart's marriage to Darnley reached Denmark.
 
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Frederick II sent his ambassador Jørgen Lykke to the court in Valois in 1560 shortly after Francis II died.
A Scottish marriage with French support could put a damper on the English display of force if Erik XIV of Sweden was successful in a marriage with Elisabeth I, as we know, it did not succeed.
Charles IX warmly welcomed the ambassadors and later in 1561, a French delegation came to Denmark and handed over to Frederick II the Order of Saint Michael.
Moreover, as late as 1564, the Scottish Ambassador William Douglas of Whittingham asked Frederick whether he wanted to marry Mary Stuart.
And at that time Frederik was still contemplating the idea of marrying the Scottish Queen although his influential Holstein governor Heinrich Rantzau thought it was a bad idea because that marriage would arouse the hostility of the Spaniards.
However, hope was shattered when news of Mary Stuart's marriage to Darnley reached Denmark.



Thanks. One wild thought. Rewrite history if stormy weather in the North Sea had driven Mary's ship off course and she had found herself beached in Denmark or Norway instead of Scotland. If she married Frederick and Elizabeth still remained single, we could see King Canute's empire revived after a six-century gap.
 
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