A Privileged Location
On March 24th 1163, Buris Henriksen, who was of royal blood, donated no less that four large pieces of land to Herridsvad monastery in Skåne (southern Sweden) in exchange for the construction of a monastery at “Tvisel”. This event was witnessed by the Danish king Valdemar I, two bishops, three Cistercian abbots and several noblemen. In the deed of gift the donation of the farm “Tvisel” is described as: “…… a farm called “Tvisel” that I have inherited from my father …. with all its buildings and adjoining land, consisting of fields, woods, common, lakes and streams with fish, mills, houses and cattle as well as the contents of the buildings …”. Buris Henriksen presented this gift to: “…. our Lord Jesus Christ and his dignified mother, who is deserving of great honour …...” in the hope that his soul would be saved and that he would receive eternal life in Heaven. In the Middle Ages it was not uncommon for wealthy people to donate property and valuables to monasteries and churches in the expectation of a place in Heaven when they passed away.