Ingeborg of Holstein
Ingeborg of Holstein was Abbess
An abbess is the female superior, or mother superior, of a community of nuns, often an abbey....

 of Vadstena Abbey
Vadstena Abbey
Vadstena Abbey was the motherhouse of the Bridgettine Order, situated on Lake Vättern, in the Diocese of Linköping, Sweden. The abbey started as one of the farms donated by the king, but the town of Vadstena grew up around it...

 1447-1452 and 1457-1465.

She was the daughter of Gerhard VI of Holstein (d. 1404) and Elisabeth of Brunswick
Elisabeth of Brunswick
Elisabeth of Brunswick and Lunenburg was Duchess consort of Sønderjylland and Schleswig and Countess consort of Holstein-Rendsburg...

. In 1408, she was placed in the convent by Queen Margaret I of Denmark
Margaret I of Denmark
Margaret I was Queen of Denmark, Norway and Sweden and founder of the Kalmar Union, which united the Scandinavian countries for over a century. Although she acted as queen regnant, the laws of contemporary Danish succession denied her formal queenship. Her title in Denmark was derived from her...

 by consent of the Pope
The Pope is the Bishop of Rome, a position that makes him the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church . In the Catholic Church, the Pope is regarded as the successor of Saint Peter, the Apostle...

. In 1447, she was appointed Abbess. Ingeborg was the maternal aunt of King Christian I of Denmark
Christian I of Denmark
Christian I was a Danish monarch, king of Denmark , Norway and Sweden , under the Kalmar Union. In Sweden his short tenure as monarch was preceded by regents, Jöns Bengtsson Oxenstierna and Erik Axelsson Tott and succeeded by regent Kettil Karlsson Vasa...

, which was likely the cause to why King Charles VIII of Sweden
Charles VIII of Sweden
Charles VIII of Sweden , Charles I of Norway, also Carl, , was king of Sweden and king of Norway ....

 25 April 1452 demanded that she and the confessor of the abbey, Magnus Unnonis, should be deposed.Bishop
A bishop is an ordained or consecrated member of the Christian clergy who is generally entrusted with a position of authority and oversight. Within the Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox Churches, in the Assyrian Church of the East, in the Independent Catholic Churches, and in the...

 Nils König of Linköping
Linköping is a city in southern middle Sweden, with 104 232 inhabitants in 2010. It is the seat of Linköping Municipality with 146 736 inhabitants and the capital of Östergötland County...

 saw no cause for this, but both Ingeborg and Unnonis stepped down in May. They were reinstated in their positions in 1457.


  • Otto S. Brenner: Nachkommen Gorms des alten (Lyngby, 1978) nr: 1937, 2090, och 2697-2701
  • Stammtafeln zur geschichte der Europäischen Staaten (Europäische Stammtafeln) band I (die deutschen Staaten) av W. K. Prinz von Isenburg (Marburg, 1960), tafel 87 (die Grafen von Holstein und Herzogs von Schleswig aus Schauenburger Geschlecht) och tafel 69 (die Herzoge von Braunschweig-Göttingen)
  • Nordisk Familjebok, band 7, s. 634-635, Stockholm 1884
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