[ Gisselfeld ]


Gisselfeld between Haslev and Næstved has been traced back to 1381. One of Denmark's largest estates and most powerful estates ever since, it now has 3,850 hectares of forest, fields and meadows. In 1755, Gisselfeld became a home for unmarried ladies of nobility, supervised by a senior director" from the Danneskiold-Samsøe family. The three-winged main building was built by Peder Oxe in 1547-75 in a transitional style spanning late Gothic to Renaissance. It is one of the largest manor houses from the period. The impressive romantic park was landscaped in the 19th century complete with a carp pond and orangery. In fact, Hans Christian Andersen wrote his famous fairytale The Ugly Duckling while visiting Gisselfeld. "

He showed his grandfather and the king who was boss

  • Story written by: Carsten Porskrog Rasmussen
  • Time / Periode 1537 1575

When eighteen-year-old nobleman Peder Oxe returned home in 1537 after a long study trip, his father, Johan, had died and his inheritance hung in the balance. Johan Oxe had bought Gisselfeld from its owner, who was deep in depth, but his own father-in-law, Mogens Gøje, claimed first rights to buy and had the deeds annulled. Peder Oxe took his grandfather to court - and won. Peder Oxe went on to become one of Denmark's richest men in charge of state finances. But he made powerful enemies. In 1558, they seized their chance. Peder Oxe was forced into exile, and his property was taken away. But when Denmark found itself at war with Sweden in 1566, and its money vaults were empty, the king could no longer manage without his efficient minister of finance. Peder Oxe returned home and reclaimed both his estates and position.

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