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Sorø Academy added to Bishop Absalon's Cistercian abbey from 1162. After the Reformation, the Crown took over the abbey estate. In 1586, King Frederik II established a boarding school here for 390 noble and upper-class children. In 1623, King Christian IV opened …

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Cane and able

Time / Periode 1586 2009
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For centuries Sorø Academy's school was a traditional, strict boarding school for children of the elite. In his biography, Social Democratic Minister for Social Affairs Karl Kristian Steincke wrote about his schooldays at Sorø Academy in the 1890s: The teacher we perhaps had most respect for was Zoffmann, our nature studies teacher (...) no one understood how to keep discipline like he did, and gain respect (…) He had an indefinable quality, a personality that made boys instinctively aware that resistance is useless. If you forgot where you were in a moment of distraction, he underlined his natural authority with a cane, a real fishing rod that he handled with unusual skill." "

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