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photoblog image Equestrian statue and City Hall, Helsingborg

Equestrian statue and City Hall, Helsingborg

 

The man on the horse is Magnus Stenbock, Swedish military hero of 16th/early 17th century.  He commanded the Swedish force in the last battle between Denmark and Sweden, the battle of Helsingborg, in 1710.  As an aside, "stenbock" is the Ibex or Alpine mountain goat :-)

 

According to Wikipedia:

 

"He was a great favorite with Charles XII in the earlier campaigns, but later the two drifted somewhat apart. It is recorded that the king, before whom General Lagercrona accused Stenbock of drunkenness, replied that Stenbock drunk was more capable of giving orders than Lagercrona sober.

His activities were not confined to war and diplomacy; the University of Lund was under his care as Chancellor for some years, and he had no mean skill as a painter and a poet. He became Privy Councillor in 1710, and Charles gave him his field marshal's baton in 1712."

Equestrian statue and City Hall, Helsingborg

 

The man on the horse is Magnus Stenbock, Swedish military hero of 16th/early 17th century.  He commanded the Swedish force in the last battle between Denmark and Sweden, the battle of Helsingborg, in 1710.  As an aside, "stenbock" is the Ibex or Alpine mountain goat :-)

 

According to Wikipedia:

 

"He was a great favorite with Charles XII in the earlier campaigns, but later the two drifted somewhat apart. It is recorded that the king, before whom General Lagercrona accused Stenbock of drunkenness, replied that Stenbock drunk was more capable of giving orders than Lagercrona sober.

His activities were not confined to war and diplomacy; the University of Lund was under his care as Chancellor for some years, and he had no mean skill as a painter and a poet. He became Privy Councillor in 1710, and Charles gave him his field marshal's baton in 1712."

comments (11)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 1 May 2015, 04:42
Drunk Magnus seems welded to his hoss, Tom.
Tom Wilson: He was obviously quite accustomed to maintaining his seat, Ray, drunk or sober! smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 1 May 2015, 06:31
An all round Clever Dick then Tom
Tom Wilson: It seems so - and the citizens of Helsinborg obviously thought well of him.
Magnus seems to be proud on his faithful battle steed Tom!
Tom Wilson: I've no doubt that he exhibited a certain degree of pride in his accomplishments smile
very good composition
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Chantal
I like your composition, Tom and the great colour. Very nice job on this.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Mary - much appreciated
All in all a bit of an all-rounder eh Tom.
Tom Wilson: Renaissance man, eh?
Lovely building in the background isn't it.
Tom Wilson: Reminds me a little of St. Pancras station smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 1 May 2015, 14:34
This picture pops out, because of the way it is presented.
Tom Wilson: Thanks Louis - the drop shadow frame has a nice effect, I think.
A man of many talents Tom.
Tom Wilson: Not many like him these days!
Looks great next to that tower Tom
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Janet.
I like the green copper and brick red colors together!

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