Sky Castle Secrets

             

2014

Sky Castle Secrets


For 9-14 year olds


Meet
the revenants that are unleashed in the old castle.

During a violent storm the tower on Gjorslev Castle cracks. Soon it begins to haunt and accidents tumble over the estate. The crack forms namely passage between the living and the dead.
The owners children, Anna and Uffe are suddenly meeting revenents and ghosts from eight dramatic periods in the history of the castle.
They are trying to get the revenants to rest forever,
and
along the way they come on the trail of dark secrets and ancient treasures.
The report on Gjorslevs history and the castle's residents have roots in reality, but a little imagination has also been added, and it is based on the ten years the author has lived on Gjorslev Castle.


Charlotte in front of Gjorslev Castle

    Sky Castle Secrets are written on the basis of the 10 years, that I have lived in the medieval castle Gjorslev.

I tell about, what would appear if the thick walls could talk. Stories that goes back more than 1000 years back in time. And I've looked carefully around both inside and out.

The Viking chief Gjor gave the place its name. It must be him lying in the barrow down at the cliff?
And the shade in the park at night is probably the beheaded king killer Rane Jonsen, who is sneaking around and looking for his head in the moat?
Looking at Gjorslevs tall gray tower, it is easy to imagine the imposing castle when it was newly built of limestone from the cliff and stretched pure white against the sky. One can understand why the bishop Lodehat called his masterpiece the sky castle, and why Queen Margrethe the First loved to hold court here.
The meter-thick walls, then worked as a defense against the enemy, containing secrets that call on imagination. Was the lord's daughter immured here? Have Kulsoen and Gøngehøvdingen been around Gjorslev during the Swedish wars? We are still looking for the tunnel they used. The stables, which Frederik IV built for his cavalry, still stands intact in the long driveway and the kestrel has built its nest in the embrasures since the Middle Ages.

From my window here in my writing room, I can see the gallow hill over the trees. I get scared, when I sense the shadows of the people, who was once dangling over there. In order to alleviate the gloom, the old chamberlains wife called it the Strawberry Hill.

I am grateful, that I got to know the old lady, before she died. She told me about the castle's heyday and the ebvery day life in the past. And she spoke of the Jews who were hidden in the tower and down in the forest cabin, before they were sailed over to Sweden. I have been in the secret ceiling and wondered, how they could hide as many Jews in there.

Along with the owner and his children, I have been exploring both the past and present in the castle cellars, halls, parks and forests.
But even if my description of the manor has been greatly inspired by the life and people in this place, so is the book's characters and events created as much from my own imagination.

Charlotte Blay

The Gjorslev map
See the danish website for the book: www.himmelborgen.dk