Leonora Christina Ulfeldt’s “Jammers-minde.”: en egenhændig Skildring af hendes Fangenskab i by Leonora Christina Ulfeldt, Sophus Birket. Posts about Jammers Minde written by jonathan Title, Jammers Minde. Author, Leonora Christina Ulfeldt. Illustrated by, Hans Ovesen. Publisher, Gyldendal A/S, ISBN, ,

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Their release came after Ulfeldt paid a hefty fine which saw him and his wife almost reduced to a poverty-stricken existence.

This, however, was to be his ultimate undoing. Ulfeldt, now feted by the Swedish monarch, once again became too ambitious and fell out with Charles X, who ordered his arrest and was condemned to death. His act of treason against the Danish monarch was mindw and he was condemned to death in absentia.

So who was Leonora Christina and why was the daughter of the king imprisoned for over two decades of her life?

Charles was unwilling to help and had Leonora arrested at Dover on her way back to the Continent. Leonora Christina died in March and was buried in the jammefs of the monastery which is now the church at Maribo on the Danish island of Lolland. In her autobiography Leonora wrote about her indebtedness to the king and queen improved situation:. Frederick was not amused and had the couple imprisoned for a year.

Leonora’s ability to describe the appearance and behaviour of those she was forced to come into contact with has left a picture of jammere series of insignificant figures, mainly women, who would otherwise have been forgotten. It was here that Leonora completed her autobiography, Jammers Minde, which she had started to write during her long imprisonment. Retrieved 18 January Monarchy and Religion in Europe, When you are at the pinnacle there is only one direction one can go — down!

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Sophie Amalie for instance is portrayed as Salomestepdaughter of Herod Antipaswho called for John the Baptist to be beheaded. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: The state of the mindw queen mother and the pain-wracked expression on her face presumably comforted Zahrtmann!

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His second wife was Kirsten Munk, the daughter of a wealthy mindee official, who had been living with her family at the royal palace in Copenhagen. It was a posthumous autobiography written by Leonora during her twenty-two year solitary incarceration in the Blue Tower in Copenhagen Castle and which was not published until years later, in He was the eldest of nine children, having two sisters and six brothers.

This page was last edited on 26 Januaryat From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. As the manuscript was secretly held abroad for many years, the work remained unknown until it was finally published inattracting considerable attention. Considered to be Denmark’s most important 17th-century prose work, Jammers Minde is a defensive, intimate and dramatic account, which brings back to life the painful years of Leonora’s imprisonment.

It was written with a political and tactical purpose and is considered an existential religious writing, radical for its time in its reporting of personal confession and crisis.

Leonora Christina Ulfeldt’s “Jammers-minde”. En egenhændig skiedring of hendes

This site uses cookies. The work, first published inis included in the Danish Culture Canon. In her autobiography Leonora wrote about her indebtedness to the king and queen improved situation: Retrieved from ” https: Leonora frequently draws upon biblical stories and characters and God in her depiction of prison life, recreating the prison in part as a scene in the Bible and her jailors and enemies into characters in her Christian Passion.

After writing a short autobiography in French inshe embarked on Jammers Minde which she completed after her release from prison in So why was she so severely punished for the wrongdoings of her husband? Following his graduation he went to live in Copenhagen and for the six months of the winter of he enrolled at the Technical Institute in Copenhagen where he studied drawing and design under the Danish artist, Christian Hetsch and architect Ferdinand Vilhelm Jensen.


Married to Corfitz UlfeldtLeonora Christina was imprisoned from to in the Blue Tower of Copenhagen Castle for presumed knowledge of her husband’s treachery. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. He graduated from the Academy in and a year later received his doctorate.

Leonora Christina, like four of her sisters, did not marry princes from one of the many European monarchies but instead her father allowed them to marry powerful and wealthy Danish noblemen in an attempt to assure their allegiance to the monarchy. It contains a host of vivid details: Corfitz Ulfeldt held great powers at the royal court but became more and more ambitious and grasping and it was these traits along with some bad political decisions which had him and the king fall out.

At the same time, he received private instruction from the genre painter Wenzel Ulrich.

So what happened to Leonora Christina? To find the answer to this we need to go minnde to King Christian IV of Denmark-Norway who succeeded his late father, Frederik II, at the age of eleven and ascended to the throne eight years later. Radical for its period in its personal account, it is considered an existential religious writing.

The conditions in the prison were both degrading and vile.

He graduated from the Academy in when he was twenty-five years of age and it was in this year that he first exhibited some of his first work at the Charlottenborg, the palace in which was situated the Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

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