Memento mori

Memento mori

The image of the child Niels talking with and observing the craftsmen in the hustle-bustle his father’s workshop is one of tranquility and security, but it is worth remembering that  life was hard in the 17th century. Niels Steensen lost his half-sister Lisbeth in 1644, his…

Early life

Early life

Niels Steensen was born in Copenhagen on January 1, 1638 (Julian calendar) to goldsmith Steen Pedersen and his wife Anne Nielsdatter. We have no reliable knowledge regarding Niels Steensen’s mother’s family, but do know something about his father’s family: They were…