Skipper Clement

Skipper Clement led the peasants' uprising known as "Grevens Fejde" in 1534. It spread from Northern Jutland and ended in 1536 when the last 2 rebel strongholds Copenhagen and Malmø finally surrendered after a long painful siege. Clement was then executed. He was probably a naval officer for king Christian II but turned privateer still supporting his king after the nobility removed the king and elected his uncle Frederik as king. For us Northern Jutlanders Clement still is a hero and martyr.
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Christian 2. Crowned king of Denmark and Norway in 1514. The nobility claimed that he had broken his inaugural oath and fired him as king in 1523. The resignation order was brought to the king by the judge of Jutland Mogens Munk. His claim to get the crown back nourished the rebellion of 1534 against the nobility and the catholic church - at least it gave it an alibi.

Christian 2. Crowned king of Denmark and Norway in 1514. The nobility claimed that he had broken his inaugural oath and fired him as king in 1523. The resignation order was brought to the king by the judge of Jutland Mogens Munk. His claim to get the crown back nourished the rebellion of 1534 against the nobility and the catholic church - at least it gave it an alibi.

Picture of Count Christoffer in Herman Hammelmanns Oldenburgisch Chronicon (1599). The civil war 1534-1536 is named after him "Grevens Fejde" (The Count's Feud). He met with Skipper Clement in 1534 and endorsed him to raise the rebellion i Northern Jutland. The count is dipicted as wise (holding a book) and a warrior (holding the marshals rod of command).

Picture of Count Christoffer in Herman Hammelmanns Oldenburgisch Chronicon (1599). The civil war 1534-1536 is named after him "Grevens Fejde" (The Count's Feud). He met with Skipper Clement in 1534 and endorsed him to raise the rebellion i Northern Jutland. The count is dipicted as wise (holding a book) and a warrior (holding the marshals rod of command).

Christian 3's fieldmarshall Johan Rantzau.

Christian 3's fieldmarshall Johan Rantzau.

Erik Eriksen Banner Kokkedal was sheriff (Lensmand) at Kalø where Gustav Vasa  1518-19 was captive. His escape was a major problem for Erik Banner's prestige. First he supported Christian 2. In 1523 he reluctantly changed sides, and in 1533 he supported  Christian 3. and the Protestant Party. He was probably in the battle of Svenstrup and later Aalborg, for which he became sheriff. 1541 he became "Marsk".  With Mette Rosenkrantz he got 3 sons and 3 daughters  and Margaret Gyldenstierne 1…

Erik Eriksen Banner Kokkedal was sheriff (Lensmand) at Kalø where Gustav Vasa 1518-19 was captive. His escape was a major problem for Erik Banner's prestige. First he supported Christian 2. In 1523 he reluctantly changed sides, and in 1533 he supported Christian 3. and the Protestant Party. He was probably in the battle of Svenstrup and later Aalborg, for which he became sheriff. 1541 he became "Marsk". With Mette Rosenkrantz he got 3 sons and 3 daughters and Margaret Gyldenstierne 1…

Johan Rantzau who finally crushed the peasants rebellion 18 December 1534 when their last stand Aalborg in Northern Jutland fell. He holds his field marshall rod in his right hand.

Johan Rantzau who finally crushed the peasants rebellion 18 December 1534 when their last stand Aalborg in Northern Jutland fell. He holds his field marshall rod in his right hand.

Christian III. Crowned king of Denmark/Norway March 1535 and went victorius out of the civil war finally leading the siege of Copenhagen and conquering the last rebel stand. Actually getting a lot of help from Preussia, as the rebel had Lübeck as allied.

Christian III. Crowned king of Denmark/Norway March 1535 and went victorius out of the civil war finally leading the siege of Copenhagen and conquering the last rebel stand. Actually getting a lot of help from Preussia, as the rebel had Lübeck as allied.

The memorial for the battle at Øksnebjerg, Funen 11. June 1535 - Field marshall Rantzau beat Count Christoffer's peasants army. The text is pro-Rantzau:  Here Johan Rantzau's lightning hit   and drove the hansapower out of Funen  terminating by the same hour  papism on the Nordic soil'

The memorial for the battle at Øksnebjerg, Funen 11. June 1535 - Field marshall Rantzau beat Count Christoffer's peasants army. The text is pro-Rantzau: Here Johan Rantzau's lightning hit and drove the hansapower out of Funen terminating by the same hour papism on the Nordic soil'

"Den rantzauske tavle" - oilpainting; a reproduction of a now lost original depicting the family tree of the noble Rantzau focussing on the merits of Johan Rantzau, among others the battle at Aalborg and the excecution of Skipper Clement.

"Den rantzauske tavle" - oilpainting; a reproduction of a now lost original depicting the family tree of the noble Rantzau focussing on the merits of Johan Rantzau, among others the battle at Aalborg and the excecution of Skipper Clement.

"Den Rantzauske Tavle" - family tree of the Rantzaus

"Den Rantzauske Tavle" - family tree of the Rantzaus

High Court Judge of Jutland Mogens Munk's tombstone (drawing) in Hjerm Church 1470 (?) - 1558. The Munk Coat of Arms above to the left.

High Court Judge of Jutland Mogens Munk's tombstone (drawing) in Hjerm Church 1470 (?) - 1558. The Munk Coat of Arms above to the left.

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