Illustraded by Kirsi Haapamäki
An time travel to the 16th century Turku and Turku Castle. Hans Hansson's and his family's lives change, when they get a chance to work as servants in the Duke Juhan's (later the Swedish King John III of Sweden) court.
The book is based on facts, but also has a fictional plot. The timeline is between 1559-1562.
In the book are described different seasonal events such as the shrovetide. Different chapters tell the everyday life between the upper, even royal, class and the servents. The story takes us to the spinning hut, to the apothecary's kitchen and to the habitat of many different professionals.
|Map of Turku|
In 1562 Sweden declares war to Poland and despite the King's oppostion, his brother John decides to marry Catherine Jagiellon, princess of Poland. The fight between the brothers casts deep shadows upon the Finns, but also the arrival of the princess of such a great nation coming to
Finland is celebrated.
|Feast in the Duke's court|