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The Entrance Hall

Once here, we are within the doors of Glimmingehus, apparently not the easiest of tasks in the late seventeenth century.

In 1676, King Charles XI’s emissary Quartermaster-General Johan Hintzke wrote of Glimmingehus: “This house is one of the strongest in the land and may, in truth, be called a castle.” Hintzke had been dispatched to demolish the building, which had been owned by the crown since 1675. The fear was that the castle would fall into the hands of invading Danes. The attempted demolition failed: 20 peasants could make little impression on the building other than removing the roof tiles, doors and other fixtures and fittings. The castle’s defences were planned in detail from the very beginning; anyone succeeding in entering the courtyard risked having boiling oil poured over them from the windows above. If, despite this, the enemy breached the doors, there was a portcullis within that would trap the intruders, who could then be picked off by archers or boiling liquid poured through apertures in the stairwell.

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