Christian V, 1646–99, king of Denmark and Norway (1670–99), son and successor of Frederick III. His minister, Griffenfeld, who until his fall in 1676 dominated Christian's reign, made the monarchy absolute. Christian fought (1675–79) an unsuccessful war with Charles XI of Sweden. He was succeeded by his son Frederick IV.
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