It is midnight. From a small room in the south wing of the castle, you can hear the intense and constant weeping of an infant. It is a damned little room. And there is no infant – only the weeping… Then there is the sound of a window opening. Water splashing in the moat. And the sound of a horse and carriage hasting away. But they are all just sounds. There is absolutely nothing to be seen.
Throughout the past 275 years, this is what several guests have described after a night in the small guest room, The Bow, at Clausholm Castle. And the story underlying this ghost story – well, it is both genuine and true:
It is the year 1730. After the death of King Frederik IV, Queen Anna Sophie has been banished with her court to her childhood home, Clausholm. Here one of her ladies-in-waiting, a pure, young lady of noble rank, falls in love with the Court Physician and becomes pregnant. But, as the Court Physician is below the young lady in rank, the Queen Dowager decides that the child should be born clandestinely – and that it should be removed immediately after birth.
And that is how it is done. The young lady is kept in the small room, The Bow, until she gives birth. The infant boy is immediately handed through the window to a dark figure outside, who rows across the moat, only to haste away in a carriage waiting on the other side. The infant is gone. But the horrifying sounds have never disappeared.
Neither has the young lady. She is still present all over the castle. Looking for her baby, it is said. Some have felt her presence in the chambers. Sensed her in the corridors. And have felt that they were being observed. Only a few have actually seen her, gazing in despair through the window in The Bow, looking for the carriage. Looking for her baby. An almost transparent figure in a white dress, with long hair and desperate, sad eyes.
Yes indeed, the story about The Bow does seem to move most people and make their blood freeze. And still, it is just one of many stories from Clausholm Castle. Some of these stories are called ghost stories. Others – like the one about the young daugther of Count Reventlow, Anna Sophie, who, being desperately in love, was abducted from Clausholm to be married to the King – well, they are all a part of the history of Clausholm – and a part of Danish history…