The Full Wiki

More info on Jens Tillufssøn Bjelke

Jens Tillufssøn Bjelke: Map


Wikipedia article:

Map showing all locations mentioned on Wikipedia article:

Austrått manor
Jens Tillufssøn Bjelke, a Danish-Norwegian nobleman and a feudal lord of Jemtlandmarker, Norwaymarker, was originally from Danishmarker Skåne (now Swedishmarker). His parents were Thilluf Josefsson of Gyllarp and Gunhild Ovesdatter Bing. Together with his wife Lady Lucie Nilsdatter, he resided at Austrått manormarker beginning in 1540 and owned the manor from 1552 until his death in Copenhagen on 14 October 1559. He was one of several notable Danes who acquired land, resided permanently in Norway, became thoroughly Norwegian and founded new Norwegian noble families, which replaced the old nobility of the first rank.

The first recorded mention of Jens indicates that he was a secretary for the bishop in then-Danish Lundmarker in 1534. He came to Norwaymarker in 1537 in Christoffer Huitfeldt’s service, when Lutheran Protestantism was being promoted in the Trondheimmarker region. During the Reformation, Nidarholm Abbey on the island of Munkholmenmarker was Archbishop of Nidaros Olav Engelbrektsson's last Roman Catholic stronghold in Norway. Bjelke served in the fleet led by Jens Splid which besieged Archbishop Engelbrektsson’s men at Nidarholm in 1537; they were forced to surrender. Bjelke was awarded the Abbey and its property as compensation for his services. He exchanged Munkholmen for Tautramarker island; from there he served as the feudal overlord of Jemtlandmarker, on the Norwegian-Swedish border (beginning in 1542 and continuing until his death).

As a Protestant, Jens naturally came into contact with Nils Henriksson and Lady Ingerd Ottesdatter’s daughter, Lucie Nilsdatter. Lucie was the center of a social scandal of some substance for the age. Niels Lykke had married Eline Nilsdatter, the third of five sisters of Nils Henriksson. After her sister Eline’s death in 1532, Lucie cared for Eline’s children and ultimately conceived a child by Niels Lykke. Niels was put to death for incest by Archbishop Engelbrektsson in 1535. Jens and Lucie married in 1540, and his correspondence thereafter came from Austrått manor. In 1545 Jens Tillufssøn requested and received a royal pardon for himself, his wife and their children, in which the king affirmed there would be no indictment against Lucie for incest. Fru Inger formally transferred the title of Austrått to Lucie and Jens; records show that the transfer was confirmed by the king in 1552. There has been speculation that Lucie’s scandal allowed Jens, who descended from lesser nobility, to be considered "good enough" for Lucie.

Lucie died in 1555 and Jens died five years later. Their son Åge Bjelke (1552–1603), who was the youngest of five sons, took over the Austrått manor at the age of 7 years. Åge’s maternal uncle Henrik Nielssøn served as his guardian. Jens Bjelke was also the grandfather of Jens Ågessøn Bjelke.


Embed code:

Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address