6th was an extremely laborious sovereign, who with care met
his governing responsibilities, as he saw them. But he had great ideas
as to his power and did not like independence from his advicers.
He had a strained relationship to his father and his second wife Anna
Sofie, and after the crowning of Christian, Anna Sofie was banished to
Even if he had predilection for Danish, the cort was entirely German.
The queen disgraced the Danish language, and she gathered Germans
The two of them lived harmoniously, but they were feeble and dependent.
The queen’s sickly search for splendour and the king’s high
thoughts of his power, was made visible by building more costly
castles. Hirsholm, Erimitagen and particularly Christiansborg. In the
construction of this castle was applied all the splendour, which
building fashion of that time (Rococo) required.
Castle in the 18th century
large construction business’s draw a lot of German craftsmen,
as the Danish craftmen lacked skills to be able to solve the
tasks, the construction and decoration of the castles required.
By this our craftmen were brought skills, but the influence of
the Germans grew.
expenses for the castles were huge, for Christiansborg alone
more than 10 million kroner, or the same as the value of all
land estates in Zealand.
statesmen of the country at that time praised the same maxims for the
business sector. The wealth of a country consists of the gold and silver,
it possesses. Therefore you should by heigh duties or import ban exclude
foreign products, and by support from the state promote domestic
industry, so that you sell more abroat than you buy.
Christian 6th followed these maxims by supporting factories,
even if they were not suitable for the country, and by maintaining the
trading companie’s monopolies. The West-Indian Trading Company bought
St. Croix (Denmark had already St. Thomas and St. Jan).
Regarding the agriculture they thought, that total freedom for the
farmers would lead to the fact, that the king would be short of soldiers
and the landlords of labours.
Therefore the adscript was passed in 1733. It imposed the farmers to
stay at their birthplace from their 14th till their 35th
Christian 6th gave the university, which was in decay, a new
solution. Especially a new legal studium was founded by Andr. Højer.
Not until then the absolute monarchy had had well educated civil
servants at its disposal. In 1742 “The Corporation of Sciences” was
formed, which soon after was dollowed by more intelligent corporations.
However, the greatest importance this kings government had by the
influence of etics moral principles. Both the king and the queen were
cought by this persuasion, which gradually spread throughout the nation,
and created a richer emotional life (Brorson’s hymns).
To ensure the peoples education in Christianity Christian 6th
founded Almue-schools (for poor parent’s children) all over the
nation, in which first and foremost should be tought in religion (Pontoppidan’s
explanation of Luther’s Katekismus), but also in reading, writing and
arithmetic, and was introduced at the two hundred years celebration of
But reverse sides of the etics moral principles also showed up.
Christian 6th issued (as Frederik 4th had already
done) a holyday decree, which fixed severe punishment on those, who
neglected to go to church.
The common popular amusements - in Copenhagen masquerades, in the
country, to ride “summer into town“, were forbidden.
Christian 6th was the first Danish king since Christian 3rd
, who did not led larger wars.
Christian 6th was the son of Frederik 4th and
queen Louise of Mecklenburg. He was married in 1721 to Sofie Magdalene
of Brandenburg-Kulmbach (1700 - 70), she was the daughter of count
Christian of Brandenburg-Kulmbach-Wewerlingen and Sofie Christiane of
Christian and Sofie Magdalene had the children:
5th 1723 - 66 later king
1726 - 50, was in 1749 married to count Ernst Friedrich 3rd
Karl of Sachsen-Hildburghausen.
Christian 6th died the 6th August 1746 at
Buried in Roskilde Cathedral.