8th was a cultured and intelligent man, still hardly in possession
of the clear-sightedness and the firmness, which was necessary to bring the
country safely away from the dangers coming closer and closer.
He had difficulties determining a firm politic. In the first years he took
side for the Danish minded, but from 1842 until 1846 he took the
Slesvig-Holstenske advisers more into consideration, and thereafter he broke
Christian 8th wanted first and foremost to preserve the Danish
language in Sønderjylland, where it still lived. When a successor to the
thrown he had shown great interest in this, and as answer to a request from
the counsels of trades he issued “Reskript of 1840”, which introduced
Danish in administration of justice and agencies until Flensborg Fjord.
Christian 8th had as a young man confirmed the Norwegian
constitution, and the liberal in Denmark hoped when he became king, that he
would give Denmark a similar one. But the king believed, that the right time
had not yet come, and his entrusted advisers Ørsted and Stemann were loyal
believers in absolute monarchy.
In stead he got down to carry out practical reforms, local laws for market
towns, the accounts of the state were published together with an estimate over
annual revenue and expenses. The big army Frederik 6th had kept,
even after the loss of Norway, became reduced considerably, but at the same
By that finances of the state came into extremely good conditions. At the same
time the wealth of the nation increased, because the agriculture became more
Christian 8th was son of prince Frederik 6th
and queen Sofie Frederikke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.
Christian 8th was born on the 21st June 1806, married to
his cousin Charlotte Frederikke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1756 - 1806).
Together they had the son Frederik (later king), but after a couple of years
their marriage was broken up because she had had a love affair with the Swiss
composer Edouard Dupuy.
The 22nd May 1815 he married Caroline Amalie of Augustenborg (1796
- 1881). Together they lived a happy - but childless marriage.
Following a visit to the warship Valkyrien Christian 8th caught a
cold and had become a fever. To ease him they drained some of his blood, but
by that he contracted a blood poisoning, which led to his death the 2oth