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20th October

Published on 20 October 2012 by in Writing log

Not much to report for today and probably not much to add for the near future either. On 23rd I’m off to England for an extended visit mostly to see family. Travelling with computer but kind of doubt I’ll have much incentive – or opportunity – to write more for Elin till I’m back.

 
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19th October

Published on 19 October 2012 by in Writing log

About 600 words written – though only for posts on the blog so no changes to to progress bar today. Devised a couple of new categories, but am having second thoughts now. I’ve also made a new set of drop capitals and a few more illustration to use in the blog.

 
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Princess Cecilia

Published on 19 October 2012 by in People, Persons

Princess Cecilia Gustavsdotter (Vasa) was born 6th November 1540 and died 27th January 1627. She was the second daughter of King Gustav Eriksson (Vasa) and his second wife Margareta Eriksdotter (Leijonhufvud).

 
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Swedish naming practices

What was Helena’s family name before she married? I’ve come across more than one variant of this question on the Internet. It’s difficult to answer because it assumes that Swedish 16th century naming practices were the same as the ones we use in English today. They weren’t. Swedish naming practices in the 16th century were

 
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Fyllingerum

Published on 19 October 2012 by in Places

Fyllingerum [pronounced FULL-ing-e-rum] was the home estate of Ulf Henriksson, Helena’s father, and the place where Helena probably grew up. It is located in Östragötalnd a few kilometres south of Söderköping.

 
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Östregötland

Published on 19 October 2012 by in Places

Östregötland (East Gothland) is a province of Sweden between the Baltic Sea and the long Lake Vättern. The principal town is Linköping.

 
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Helena, Marchioness of Northampton

Published on 19 October 2012 by in Elin herself, Helena

Helena, Marchioness of Northampton (c.1549-1635) was born Elin Ulfsdotter (Bååt) at Fyllingerum in Östregötland, Sweden in 1549 or 1550. She came to England in the train of Princess Cecilia Gustavsdotter (Vasa) in 1565. She was probably a maid of honour to Queen Elizabeth I between 1565 and 1571 and certainly a lady-in-waiting from 1572 (at

 
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18th October

Published on 18 October 2012 by in Writing log

Not much in the way of writing, but I wrote an Overview text and tried out a couple of new themes for this website.

 
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What is Elin’s Story?

Published on 18 October 2012 by in Overviews

lin’s Story is three things. First it is the true life story of Elin Ulfsdotter who was born in Sweden in or around 1550. In 1565 she came to England as a maid-of-honour in the service of Princess Cecilia, the sister of the King of Sweden. When the Princess left England in 1566, Elin remained.

 
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17th October

Published on 17 October 2012 by in Writing log

Wrote 592 words. Elin is struggling to explain her feelings and what she knew of her future before she left her family’s estate to join the court of Princess Cecilia. Created set of drop capitals to use on the website (for articles not status updates). Font is Viner Hand ITC, colour is iron gall ink

 
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