Christian V

Christian V,

1646–99, king of Denmark and Norway (1670–99), son and successor of Frederick III. His minister, GriffenfeldGriffenfeld, Peder Schumacher, Count
, 1635–99, Danish politician. The son of a merchant, he became (1665) secretary to Frederick III. In 1665 Griffenfeld drew up the Kongelov [king's law], which established an absolute monarchy in Denmark.
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, who until his fall in 1676 dominated Christian's reign, made the monarchy absolute. Christian fought (1675–79) an unsuccessful war with Charles XICharles XI,
1655–97, king of Sweden (1660–97), son and successor of Charles X. Charles ascended the throne at the age of five, so a council of regency ruled until 1672.
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 of Sweden. He was succeeded by his son Frederick IV.
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