On October 28, we turn the clocks backward one hour and thereby enter the season of Winter time. The organization of time is, in fact, not given by nature, but of human interests, in this case the wish for more daylight.
The distinction between Summer and Winter time was introduced in Germany in 1916, as a means of saving energy and resources during The First World War. Historically then, it’s a fairly new idea, but the interest in the passing of time, including the changing of seasons and the position of the sun and moon, has always existed.
At Rosenborg Castle you can see Leonora Christina’s tiny pocket-almanac, which contains a calender from the year of 1647 rolled on a cylinder in a cylindrical case, enameled with coloured flowers. An almanac is a yearbook with both a calender and different astronomical information.
The fragile almanac is only 3,2 cm long, so Leonora Christina could carry it everywhere and carefully roll it out, whenever she needed to consult the calender. See, that was before the time of smartphones, weather apps and automatical timing service!
Even though the almanac is from 1647, you can still read the top slip that states the name of the printer, Thomas la Carrière, and describes the position of the moon in January.
The almanac was bought as a souvenir in Paris, but later confiscated by Frederik III, the second king who used Rosenborg Castle as his royal home.
You can read more about the almanac in senior curator Jørgen Hein’s book The Treasure Collection at Rosenborg Castle II, or you can see it for yourself in Room H in The Treasury. Here you will also find Leonora Christina’s dad, Christian IV’s crown, which is the main attraction in The Treasury.
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