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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They had actually been engaged since she was nine years old!

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It is mainly written in Danish, and Leonora translates much of the Low German, High German and French dialogue into Danish, but later on in the story adds more depth to her characters by writing in the original language, and demonstrates her superior knowledge of languages by often replying in a language they cannot understand. Their imprisonment had been both degrading and cruel and once released Ulfeldt plotted his revenge on Frederick.

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. Frederick was not amused and had the couple imprisoned for a year.

Their release came after Ulfeldt paid a hefty fine which saw him and his wife almost reduced to a poverty-stricken existence. Monarchy and Religion in Europe, So why was she so severely punished for the wrongdoings of her husband?

The work, first published inis included in the Danish Culture Canon. He was the eldest of nine children, having two sisters and six brothers.

Charles was unwilling to help and had Leonora arrested mnde Dover on her way back to the Continent. 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. So what happened to Leonora Christina?


It is believed that some time later her sons had her body removed from the church and laid to rest in a secret location where her husband had been interred.

The Power of Kings: 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.

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Why this animosity between Leonora and Sophie-Amelie? He married his first wife Anne Jammeds inwhen he was twenty years of age, and the couple went on to have seven children, four of whom died in infancy.

One of the reasons the work has become a literary masterpiece is that the author manages to couch her account in a fine, dignified style, giving elegance and shine to even the most lurid details. Danish writers from the Reformation to decadence, After jamemrs a short autobiography in French inshe embarked on Jammers Minde which she completed after her release from prison in This site uses cookies.

The conditions in the prison were both degrading and vile. By continuing to use this website, jammwrs agree to their use.

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

Radical for its period in its personal account, it is considered an existential religious writing. Danish Ministry of Culture. To find the answer to this we need to go back 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. 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.

It was this friendship that in some way was the starting kinde of this blog about Zahrtmann and the 17th century Danish princess Leonora Christina for it was they who gave Zahrtmann, for his birthday, a copy of Jammers Mindewhich literally translated means A Memory of Lament.


This difference in class between husband and wife could well have been the reason why the wedding ceremony was a private affair and not a full-scale church wedding. In her autobiography Leonora wrote about her indebtedness to the king ajmmers queen improved situation:.

As the manuscript was secretly held abroad for many years, the work remained unknown until it was finally published inattracting considerable attention. 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 graduated from the Academy in and a year later received his doctorate. Leonora’s ability to describe the appearance and behaviour of those she was forced to come into contact with has left a picture of a series of insignificant figures, mainly women, who would otherwise have been forgotten.

Skip to content Kristian Zahrtmann My blog today is a mixture of art and history. He escaped the jaws of death but died in a Rhine boating accident during one of his flights from impending arrest. It contains a host of vivid details: 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.

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