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Sigbrit Willoms (also Willums), (possible date of death 1532), was a Danish politician, mother to the mistress of King Christian II of Denmark, Dyveke Sigbritsdatter, and advisor and de facto minister of finance for the king in 1519-1523.

Biography

Sigrbit Willoms was born in a merchant family from Amsterdammarker, but moved to Bergenmarker, Norway, in 1507. She was the mother of Dyveke Sigbritsdatter, who met the future Danish king Christian II in Bergen. Mother and daughter moved with the king to Copenhagenmarker in 1513.

Her influence over the king became greater after the death of her daughter in 1517, and in 1519-1523, she was counted as the most politically influential person in Denmark. Sigbrit was in charge of the court of prince Hans and of customs and the treasury, and the house keeper of the court of the queen. She was given the title Mother Sigbrit and had a position of a de facto minister of finance. Being a bourgeoise, she was known for forwarding the interests of the middle classes. She was unpopular with the nobility, and by some seen as the person behind the Stockholm Bloodbath in 1520. Her enemies spread out the rumors that she was a witch because of her herbal knowledge.

In 1522, she instigated a new law about hygiene in the city, where people were told to have their houses cleaned every week. When king Christian was driven out of Denmark in 1523, Sigbrit followed him to the Netherlands, were Christian asked for aide from his brother-in-law the Emperor. The emperor made the condition that Christian was to get rid of Sigbrit, which Christian agreed upon. The date and circusmtances of her death is unconfirmed. In 1532, a woman was detained in a prison in the Netherlands, which is believed to have been Sigbrit. The emperor wished to have this prisoner executed for witch craft. It is not known if she was.

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References

  • http://www.kvinfo.dk/side/597/bio/1516/origin/170/query/sigbrit/



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