Göran Hälsinges Gränd
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Göran Hälsinges Gränd (Swedish: "Alley of Göran Hälsinge") is an alley in Gamla stan, the old town in central Stockholm, Sweden. Connecting Västerlånggatan to Stora Nygatan, it forms a parallel street to Helga Lekamens Gränd and Ignatiigränd.
The alley is named after a man without renown, Göran Hälsinge, son to Nils Hälsinge and Appolonia Larsdotter. When King Eric XIV's (1533–1577) was still two years old, his mother, the first consort of King Gustav Vasa Catherine of Saxe-Lauenburg (1513–1535), died unexpectedly, and as Appolonia assisted the royal family as wet nurse she was rewarded a house in the alley, later named after her son. The alley is mentioned as Niels Helsingz grend in 1584, and as Jörenn Helssingz grendh in 1588, but was probably commonly referred to as simply Helsingz grenden (1553).
In his 31st epistle, the troubadour Carl Michael Bellman (1740–1795) gives a hint the alley was associated with prostitution:
|Likgott, om en afton jag råka||Nevertheless, an evening I came across|
|en nymf med ett hängande flor;||a nymph with a hanging veil|
|jag börja med henne att språka,||with her I started to talk|
|fick veta precist var hon bor;||got to know exactly where she lives|
|gränd heter — tyst, lät mig fundera||the alley is named — quiet, let me think|
|precist Göran Helsinges gränd;||exactly Göran Helsinges gränd;|
|pong pongtuli pongtuli. Känd||pong pongtuli pongtuli. Known|
|jag säger ej mera.||I won't say more.|
- "Gamla stan". Stockholms gatunamn (2nd ed. ed.). Stockholm: Kommittén för Stockholmsforskning. 1992. p. 54. ISBN 91-7031-042-4.
- Martin Stugart (2006-05-12). "Finns Göran Helsinges gränd kvar?". Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 2007-02-17.
- Martin Stugart (2005-12-24). "Vilken gränd fick Göran uppkallad efter sig?". Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 2007-02-17.
- Swedish Wikisource has original text related to this article: Fredmans epistel n:o 31
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