Fjenneslev Parish, Sorø, Denmark Genealogy

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Fjenneslev Church

History[edit | edit source]

Fjenneslev church was built in 1130. There is a legend that says: As Asser Rig and his wife, Inge, were building the new church, Asser was called to war, and Inge had to finish the church alone. They were very unhappy to have to separate, because not only did Asser have to go to war, but Inge also was pregnant with their first child. As Asser rose to horse, he bowed down and whispered to Inge: "Hear, my dear Inge, if you give me a son, build this church with a tower, you give me a daughter, build it with only a spire.". As Asser returned home and looked at the two towers from the green brink, he understood that his wife had born him two sons (Esbern Snare and Bishop Absalon). This legends is not historically accurate for a number of reasons. For starters Esbern and Absalon were not twins and the towers were not built at the same time as the rest of the church. The towers were not created by the parents to honor their sons, in fact, the opposite is true. The sons created the towers to honor their parents. At the same time, the sons also decorated the interior with frescos one of which shows the parents bringing the church to God.[1]

Fjenneslev Parish
Stift (diocese) Roskilde (Catholic) (Pre-1022-1537), Sjælland (1537-1922), Roskilde (1922-Present)
Provsti Alsted herreds (Early-1808), Sorø amts (1808-1828), Ringsted og Alsted herreders (1828-1972), Ringsted-Sorø (1972-Present)
Pastorat (chapelry) Alsted-Fjenneslev (Early-1971), Slaglille-Bjernede-Alsted-Fjenneslev (1971-Present)
Amtstue Sorø (1660-1682), Ringsted og Sorø (1683-1870), Slagelse (1870-1973)
Len -1662 Sorø
Amt (county) 1662 - 1793 Sorø (1660-1748), Sorø og Ringsted (1748-1798)
Amt (county) 1794 - 1970 Sorø (1798-1970), Vestsjællands (1970-Present)
Herred (district) Alsted
Kommune (municipality) Alsted-Fjenneslev (1842-1966), Fjenneslev (1966-1970), Sorø og Ringsted (1970-Present)
1788 – 1793 Lægd number 2
1794 – 1869 Lægd number 2
1870 – Udskrivningskred /Lægd number 2/55
Gods (estate) Sorø Akademis gods; Mørup gods

Place Names:[edit | edit source]


Fjenneslev, Fjenneslev Huse, Fjenneslev Mark, Kirke-, Fjenneslev Mølle Kirke-, Fjenneslev Kirke-, Lb., Fjenneslevmagle, Fjenneslevmagle, Lb., Frøsmose,

Kirke Fjenneslev,

Mørup, Mørup Brohus, Mørup Hovmark, Mørup Huse, Mørup, Hgd.,


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References[edit | edit source]

-Krabsen & Medici. "Krabsens Stednavnebase.",
-Trap, J. P., ed. Kongeriget Danmark, 4te ed. Vol.3, Sorø Amt,
København: G. E. C. Gads Forlag, 1921