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Karen Vincke, Plade

Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Sorø, Danmark
Death: 1673 (74-82)
København, Danmark
Place of Burial: København, Danmark
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Anders Hanssøn Platen and Boel Knudsdatter Grüner Wincke
Wife of Niels Michelson
Partner of Christian IV king of Denmark and Norway
Mother of Dorothea Elisabeth Christiansdatter; Hans Ulrik Gyldenløve; Ingeborg Christiansdatter and Hans Nielsen Bomand
Sister of Else Andersdatter Plate; Boel Andersdatter Wincke; Hans Andersen Wincke; Anna Andersdatter Wincke and Erick Andersen
Half sister of Knud Jacobsen; Dorthe Andersdatter and Marie Andersdatter

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About Karen Vincke, Plade


Karen Andersdatter (died 1673, Copenhagen, Denmark) was the Danish mistress of King Christian IV of Denmark-Norway and the mother of one of his three illegitimate but acknowledged children, Hans Ulrik Gyldenløve.

Early Years

Karen was the daughter of Anders Hansen Wincke, a secretary from Bremerholm in Copenhagen, and his wife, Bodil Knudsdatter Skriver. At the time of her birth, Bremerholm was a village on a little island in the bay of Copenhagen. Today it is a riverside neighborhood of downtown Copenhagen. Karen’s mother was the sister of Antonius Knudson (ca 1564–1614), the rådmann [councilman] (1607) and borgermester [mayor] (1611–1614) of Oslo.

Life with the King

When Karen met the King of Denmark for the first time, she was said to have been already engaged to a pastor named Niels Simonsen Glostrup. But Christian IV fell in love with her. In the beginning of 1613, he swept her away from a wedding feast to his castle, where they danced away the night. She became his mistress and bore him one or two daughters, including Dorothea Elisabeth Christiansdatter (1613-1615), and a son Hans Ulrik Gyldenlove (1615-1645). Her former fiancé, in the meantime, married her sister, Anna, and became the Bishop of Oslo two years later and he would hold his position until his death in 1639.

But, after more than three years at the court, Karen, probably because of the marriage the King had made with Kirsten Munk. However, he arranged to have Karen endowed with the island of Hven (then a part of Denmark, but now, with the name of Ven, a part of Sweden, in the Øresund) and an annual pension. He was said to have also given her a couple of mansions in Copenhagen.


In 1640, there were rumors at the court that Karen was planning to marry a university student by the name of Niels Nelausen. When he heard the news, the King was not pleased. He confiscated Hven from her and tried to get ahold of her, “Junker Snarensvend” [Lady Sweet Snare]. The engagement had to be abandoned but that did mollify the King. He raised her annuities and even commanded, shortly before his death, they would be provided by the Royal Treasury. Although the subsequent investigation upheld his decision, she found it hard, in the following economic difficulties, to get her money, which did not come for several years. So she suffered great distress. Perhaps, as compensation, she was, for a brief time, on the Board of Directors for the Danish island of Møen (now Møn, then a Royal possession south of Copenhagen, in the Baltic Sea. In 1664 she called the island “Forvalterske” [Management].

Last Years

A family tradition tells that an eye surgery in 1653 restored her sight after she had been deprived of it for 37 years, but there may be reasons to doubt the reliability of this report. She died 1673 in Copenhagen. She was buried next to her daughters at the Sankt Nicolai Kirke [St. Nicholas Church] in Copenhagen. A portrait of her is said to have hung inside this church as late as 1779 but it is apparently now lost,[4] probably to the fire of 1795 that almost destroyed the church. Hven was afterwards passed to her only surviving child, Hans Ulrik Gyldenløve.

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Karen Vincke, Plade's Timeline

Sorø, Danmark
December 20, 1613
Age 18
Kolding, Danmark
March 10, 1615
Age 20
Helsingør, Hovedstaden, Denmark
Age 26
Sorø, Vestsjalland, Denmark
December 14, 1662
Age 67
December 30, 1673
Age 78
København, Danmark
Age 78
København, Danmark
October 29, 1699
Age 78
Kornum kirke, Kornum sogn, Himmerland
September 28, 1701
Age 78
Kornum kirke, Kornum sogn, Himmerland