The manor that became a home for unmarried ladies
Aastrup Manor was founded shortly before 1540 by Erik Krabbe, who may also have built the north wing of the present main building. The east wing and gate were built for Enevold Kruse in 1613. In 1842-86, the estate belonged to Count Frederik Vilhelm Dannemand. He added…
The generous illegitimate prince
For many centuries, Danish kings were not satisfied with just having queens. They also had official mistresses. The last of these was Bente Frederikke Rafsted, King Frederik VI's mistress. They had four children together that the King acknowledged. One son was christened Frederik Vilhelm Dannemand and was appointed a count. He bought Aastrup in 1842. Count Dannemand was married three times but never had children. He therefore willed his estate to an institution for widows and unmarried ladies who were either related to him or one of his wives, or daughters of Danish officers. The institution was similar to the homes for unmarried ladies of rank, but was actually for people of less grandeur.
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