…and so it was the story about the lost head at Ovedskloster in Scania
This is a story I have read and have been told a couple of times. The one about how General Charles Emil Lewenhaupt and the noble man Magnus von Buddenbrock together led the swedish army to big loss against the russians at the battle in Villmanstrand and because of that they was court-martialed. They were sentenced to death and beheaded later on.
So far so good. All versions of that I have been told says the same thing.
Notice that during this time, the battle took place 1741 and the execution 1743, General Lewenhaupt was the owner of Övedskloster where his former wife, when widowed still lived at the castle.
Because of the death penalty theier bodies was buried in unhallowed ground together with other execution people.
This was not well recieved by Lewenkaupts widow who ordered a servent to travel to Stockholm from Ovedskloster in Southern Sweden to dig up the body and being it back home.
Imagine yourself digging for a corpse in the dark. I am pretty sure they did not dig during daylight even if I have not read about that. Regardless, the servant undertook the mission.
He came back with a coffin and a body and a head, but it was not Lewenkaupts head, it was Buddenbrocks…
He was sent up to Stockholm once again to dig for the right head but this time he was caught and was sentenced to death. The whole situation made the servant extremly bitter and he loudly spoke the words “Cursed may the servants be who serve their master faithfully” (my own translation from the local newspaper Skånskan)
These well spoken words totally changed the servants situation. He was pardoned and sent home with the correct head.
After this adventure, Lewenkaupt, finally, rests in holy ground at Ovedskloster’s church.
So what happened To Bruddenbrocks head? Well, you will find it at the same cemetary beside the gravel path behind the church. All according to Calle Rockbäcks blog. (Link in swedish). I have been there myself but that was before I understood that his head was actually buried there too.
Check out Calles blog for a picture along with pictures of the octagonal rokoko-church. It is a small, beautiful church a couple Of minutes walk from the castle.
In lack of any pictures Of my own I offer you the quite new video above from Övedskloster House. Hope that is ok?!
sources: the links above and Sylves fantastiskt page about swedish castles: http://www.algonet.se/~sylve_a/ovedsklo.htm
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Hovdala Castle with one of the most fascination battle plans ever, atleast in Sweden.
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