|Name||Cristian Leuvis Ambroos Maria Van Draak|
|Birth/Death||5 November, 1787 in Grijzestad - 2 June, 1859 in Koningstad|
|Consort||Maria Francesca of Two Sicilies|
King Cristian I of Brunant, born as Cristian Leuvis Ambroos Maria Van Draak (5 November, 1787 in Grijzestad - 2 June, 1859 in Grijzestad) was the twelfth King of Brunant from 1823-1859. He was known as "Cristian de Vette" (English: Cristian the Fat), since he was a large and heavy man.
Early life Edit
Cristian was born in Grijzestad Palace to Prince Ambroos and Caroline of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. He was their fifth child and first son. In 1784, King Pieter was deposed after Carrington invaded Brunant. His grandfather Adrian II was made king and he was certainly in line to the throne, after his father. When Adrian was deposed in 1800, Cristian became the Crown Prince and thus Duke of Middleton. Cristian joined the Royal Guard in 1808 and in 1812 was in command of a cavalry unit. In 1814, he was sent over to France to fight in the Napoleonic Wars, serving under Marshal Owen Halsey MacLellan and later with his father. As King Ambroos retired from public life in the late 1810s he began to take on more of his duties. When his father Ambroos died in 1823, he came to the throne.
Cristian was crowned at St. Peter's Church in Koningstad on the 15th of January 1824, together with his young wife, Maria Francesca of Naples and Sicily. When Cristian came to the throne, Walter van der Ecke served as President, and he trusted his father and kept him in his post, due van der Ecke was a close friend of Ambroos. When van der Ecke died in 1838, he was replaced with Hendrik Neyt; Cristian had hoped for Neyt to hold his post for many years, as van der Ecke had done before, but he resigned in 1841 due to ailing health. That year he became the first monarch to attend the funeral of the Prime Minister, a non-royal. That year he appointed his brother-in-law, Alexander von Krupski, as President. Cristian was one of the men involved in the move towards democracy by instituting reforms to make appointed officials (including the president) limited to six-year terms. In 1858, he appointed Gerd Duithers President; though conservatives were unpleased that he could appoint a "poor commoner" to the post, the citizens hailed him for his deed. He died in 1859 of a heart attack. He was succeded by his son, Johan I.
In his reign, Cristian had problems with political figuers such as the liberal Nicolaas Bouwmeester. Bouwmeester had discussions with Cristian about the country in 1841 but Bouwmeester was almost assassinated.
Personal life Edit
Even before becoming King, Cristian had a reputation for weight issues. The Crown Prince liked to indulge himself in fine dining and especially enjoyed roast chicken and pheasant. When he took the throne Cristian weighed at about 200 lbs. Overt time, he came to eat and drink more and partook in less activites and exercise. By 1840, he weighed at 230 lbs and and in 1856 his doctors became worried for his health, since he tipped the scales at some 270 pounds. Cristian often quarreled with his physicians and he went through no less than nineteen doctors during his reign. Cristian was known for firing doctors when they gave him bad news or tried to get him to reform his eating habits.
Unlike his father, Cristian was a womanizer and was known throughout his court for his "scandalous romances" and other affairs. He enjoyed the company of women and was known for buying lavish gifts to many of them. This shocked many of the old royalists as he was openly unfaithful to his wife.
Marriage and family Edit
In 1821, he married Maria Francesca of Naples and Sicily, a granddaughter of Maria Theresa of Austria. They would have seven children, five of which made it past infancy. The king was known for having various mistresses, something which displeased his wife. Maria Francesca always remained faithful to him and close by, though Cristian could just as quickly be with other women to please him.
- Princess Helena Marie Christine (1823-1874), married Max of Lippe-Biesterfeld, had issue.
- Princess Augustina Caroline Sophia (1824-1829), died of smallpox
- Prince Philip Adrian Charles (1826-1828), died in infancy
- Prince Johan Friedrich Alexander (1827-1894), married Caroline of Schleswig-Holstein, had issue
- Prince Fabian Philip Adrian (1829-1881), married Elizabeth, Duchess of Norburg, had issue
- Prince Ferdinand Eric Maria (1831-1866), married Andrea Slesinger, no issue
- Princess Gisela Alexandra Louise (1833-1910), married Jose of Traspes, had issue
With Annemarie Bellebard, he had one son:
- Antony Bellebard (1830-1871), no issue
It is generally agreed that he had several children with other women, but it is not known how many, or with who. It is believed that Royal Guard Captain Johan Cristian Singer, Count Singer (1825-1889), was a son of the King; he was made a Count in 1850 by Cristian, but he never recognized him. Various documents found in the 1980s have led to the conclusion that Cristian father two girls with his wife's lady-in-waiting, Anne Francis. Estimates put the number of his children between 12 and 20, legitimate and illegitimate.
While not as famous as his father, King Cristian did leave his mark. He popularized the use of modern military dress introduced by his father, and shortly after the start of his reign other noblemen and the rich were dressing in simple and elegant military dress. Soon the country's elite were dressing in his style and hats were popularized as a result.
Since the 1900's it is quite common among the historians, to compare him to his younger brother, Prince Johan Alexander of Brunant. While King Cristian was a notorious womanizer, Prince Johan was a faithful husband. However, the King is still considered a good politician, while his brother was a renowned musician and ambassador.
Cristian was also popularized in the drinking game/song Fat King Cristian, where one would try and drink as many shots as possible, with each one representing a woman of his. King Cristian School in Boguestown is named after him, as is the settlement of Cristiana in Berrio.