By Bellamy, M.J.
In the course of Christian IVs hugely influential reign, the Danish army grew to become probably the most major if incorrect navies in Europe.This publication offers an in depth survey of its politics, management and operation.
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His position in the area was greatly strengthened by the appointment of his family members in the bishoprics of Bremen, Verden, Schwerin and Halberstadt, and resulted in his own election 70 Johan Jørgensen, ‘Denmark’s Relations with Lübeck and Hamburg in the Seventeenth Century’, Scandinavian Economic History Review, 11 (1963), 73–79; Albrectsen, Frandsen & Lind, Konger og krige, 376–8. 71 Although sovereignty was claimed on the Weser and all ships had to strike their colours in recognition of this, no attempt was made to levy tolls there (Kancelliets Brevbøger, 8 July 1625).
32 Letter to rentemestrene, 1 August 1635, egenhændige Breve, III, 411. the role of the navy 21 Christian IV then turned his attention to Poland which was beginning to threaten Danish pretensions in the Baltic. A modest Polish navy was built up in the 1620s during the war with Sweden, but the main ﬂeet was transferred to the Imperial Habsburg navy in Wismar in 1629. It did still have a small ﬂeet in the 1630s, which it used to enforce the levy of tolls on shipping entering Danzig. This clearly violated Denmark’s claims of sovereignty.
29 This allowed, to some extent, for the navy to be maintained in what amounted to a state of armed neutrality. By the mid-1630s Christian IV was in a position to resume his aggressive attitude to Baltic politics. 31 The negotiations leading to the Peace of Prague in May 1635, which would have signiﬁcantly strengthened the Imperial position in northern Germany, could also have also been a factor in Christian IV’s thinking. In any case the Swedish-Polish truce was renewed and the peace of Prague proved to be elusive.