The King Oak in Nordskov Forest
Hornsved Forest is named as Crown property in King Valdemar’s court roll of 1231. The King Oak was already around a thousand years old.
The Heir to the Throne is Killed in an Accident
The original name of the castle was Abrahamstrup. It is first mentioned by name in 1318, when King Erik Menved and Queen Ingeborg’s newly born son and only heir dies in a tragic accident.
Queen Margrethe I Takes Over Abrahamstrup Castle
In 1382 the castle had been pawned, but with the unification of Scandinavia under the Kalmar Union Queen Margrethe I redeems the pledge to the castle.
King Christian I
Christian I, the first Danish king of the Oldenburg dynasty, inherits the castle.
King Christian II
It is rumoured that a Swedish colonel who fell out of favour with the king was beheaded at the castle and now haunts it – with his head under his arm.
King Christian IV Takes Over the Castle
The young King Christian IV renovates and extends the castle.
The Castle is Renamed Jaegerspris
King Christian V’s Royal Master of the Hunt, Vincents von Hahn, renames Abrahamstrup as Jaegerspris.
Prince Carl’s Schools
King Frederik IV hands over Jaegerspris Castle to his brother Prince Carl, who establishes four schools for children from the estate’s many farms.
The Extension of Jaegerspris Castle
King Frederik V, who now owns the castle, adds a new two-storey extension to the north wing, and gives Jaegerspris Castle to his first wife Queen Louise.
Queen Juliane Marie
King Frederik V gives his second wife, the young German princess Juliane Marie, the castle as a wedding gift.
The Memorial Grove
The heir presumptive Prince Frederik made the Memorial Grove at Jaegerspris Castle with 54 memorial stones for famous Danes and Norwegians, including the astronomer Tycho Brahe.
The Old Oak in Nordskov Forest is Immortalized
Crown Prince Christian Frederik, the future Christian VIII, is a patron of the arts during Denmark’s Golden Age.
King Frederik VII and Countess Danner
King Frederik VII buys Jaegerspris Castle and estate as a gift to his wife Countess Danner.
The Royal Apartments Become a Museum
After the death of King Frederik VII, Countess Danner opens the king’s apartments at Jaegerspris Castle to the public.
A Children’s Home at the Castle
Countess Danner founds a children’s home at Jaegerspris Castle.
Countess Danner Dies
The castle and estate are bequeathed to King Frederik VII’s Foundation.
Today Jaegerspris Castle is well maintained and houses a fine, small museum. The museum hosts annual exhibitions on the history of the castle and the foundation.
King Frederik VII’s Foundation
Thanks to the foundation founded by Countess Danner, socially deprived children and young people are still helped at the castle, where visitors can also enjoy the beautiful, historical surroundings.
The Code of Jutland
Together with the best men of the realm, King Valdemar II of Denmark issues the feudal Code of Jutland declaring that ‘the land be built on law’.
The Kalmar Union
King Valdemar IV’s daughter Margrethe becomes the regent of Denmark, and later also Norway and Sweden.
Custom Duties in the Sound
King Eric of Pomerania introduces customs duties in the Sound, which are collected at the new castle in Elsinore - later Kronborg Castle.
The Orkney Islands
King Christian I pawns the Danish Orkney and Shetland Island to James II of Scotland to pay his daughter’s dowry.
The European Reformation reaches Denmark, and Danish churches convert from Catholicism to Protestantism.
King Christian IV Wounded at War
King Christian IV is wounded in the war against Sweden.
The Absolute Monarchy
Absolutism is introduced in Denmark. The nobility loses power to King Frederik III.
All the main roads in Denmark are measured, and a milestone erected for every old Danish mile.
The large warehouses in Copenhagen Harbour bear witness to the lucrative trade with Denmark’s colonies in China, India, Africa and the Danish West Indies.
King Frederik V
During the reign of Frederik V, the Oldenburg dynasty celebrates its tricentennial on the throne of Denmark by building landmarks like the palaces at Amalienborg.
Johann Friderich Struensee
The royal physician Johann Friderich Struensee is sentenced to death.
The Battle of Copenhagen
The Battle of Copenhagen against England over the Danish fleet begins on the morning of March 30th. England wins.
King Frederik VII
On June 5th King Frederik VII signs The Danish Constitutional Act.
Civil War and Peace
Schleswig and Holstein want to break away from Denmark, although the country remains united under King Frederik VII.
Death of King Frederik VII
The rule of the Oldenburg dynasty ends with the death of Frederik VII.
The Battle of Dybboel
Denmark loses the war at the Battle of Dybboel, and has to surrender Schleswig, Holstein and all of Southern Jutland.
The Danner House
Countess Danner lays the foundation stone of ‘King Frederik VII’s Foundation for Poor Women of the Working Class’ in Copenhagen.
Women Get the Vote
Women are given the right to vote in elections to the two Danish houses of parliament on equal terms with men.