Queen Margrethe I and son King Erik VII
The 13-years old Hans Bennick is in 1410 standing by theentrance to Bennicksgaard and sees an army with King Erik VII in front walk by. THe King has been sent by his mother, Queen Margrethe I (She is the mother of the Kalmarunions from 1397, which also is Hans Bennicks birth year).
South Jutland is back then from the Kingstream (Kongeåen) to the Ejder (Ejderen), but has been occupied from the south by the Holsteiners. King Erik has to force them back again. He succeds to free Als and Ærø, but he looses big in South Slesvig to the Holsteiners. Flensburg is occupied by both the Danes and the Holsteiners.
In 1412 the plague sperads in FLensburg. Several of the Holsteiners flee, while the Danes stay, because you do not leave a freind in need.
Queen Margrethe travels to Flensburg to peace negotiate, because she is better than King Erik to do so and it is a necessity now where the population not only are threadent by war but also the plague.
On 7 October 1412 three warships sailes into Flensburg Fiord. Hans sees the ships and Dannebrog wave from the mast. Now Hans knows that his beloved Queen is onboard. He runs down the dirt road to look at the ships.
After 14 days of nagotiations, Queen Margrethe I succeds in getting the Holsteiners out of Flensburg. North Slesvig and Flensburg is again a part of Denamrk. They Agreed on truth until 1416.
The Queen is beeing celebrated by the citizens of Flensburg. Hans and his father is in town to experience it. He is lucky to get near the queen, who smiles at him.
On 28 October the queens ships are sailing out of Flensburg Fiord. Hans runs again down the dirt road to wave goodbye to the Queen. He freezes. right in front of the Oxen Islands (Okseøerne), the ships throw their anker and takes down their sailes. Something must be wrong. He hurries into a small boat, that is moored to the bathing jetty of the farm. He quickly rows to the ships. On the deck he spotts a sailor and yells: "What is the matter, why do you not sail?"