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Knight of Skanke

So I am a decedent of one of the earliest noble families in Scandinavia, the Skanke family, which is now a “dead” branch, so it is out written of directory of the nobility in Sweden.

Far back we have the early kings of Scandinavia in our linage, and also go back to Henry I of England, kings of the isle of mann and Ulster on Ireland. Then some of the family settled in Norway and my ancester settled in the small village of Hackås, in Jämtland, north of Sweden. The allfather Karl Pedersson (1360-1423), that was the master of Hov in Hackås, but his son is the more famous one, Örjan Karlsson, Skanke, who was a knight and some sort of head of affairs, who lived 1400-1474.

So why am I telling this, because I had an idea that since I want to portray a late 15th century knigh some day. Why not take my actual ancestry and try to portray how Örjan Karlsson would have looked, with his heraldry. So I tried to find sources on it. And in Hackås church they, claim, to have his lance:

(Photo Maria: https://mariayarri.wordpress.com/ )

But I was like, wait a minute. That does NOT look like a 15th century lance to me.

So I googled some more and even though Örjan was a knight and they probably were some sort of nobility in the 15th century standards. They were not in the direction of nobility when they started it in the beginning of the 17th century. But a man named Nils Skunk claimed he was related to the Skanke family (or that he was a Skanke decendent) and thus he got the Skunk family into the directory of nobility, and he also used the Skanke heraldry, a long shank.

So in the spirit of Nils fool proofing his claim to be Skanke decendent (maybe he was, I havent looked into it), he put an effort into bringing old Örjan in to the focus of things. And they restored his lance, and how did they restore things in the 1660s? They remodeled them. In those times you did not think that, oh wait, maybe in 400 years they would actually have wanted too see what they looked like orginal. No, they cared to make them look cool, in the standards of their time. Hence, all the curly rapier-looking pretty handle things. And a carabiner hook, that is certainly NOT 15th century…

It is something to bear in mind, that just because something is very old, does not mean it looks like it did orginally. Different eras have different ways of keeping history.

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