Axel Gyntersberg

Axel Gyntersberg (c. 1525 – 1588) was a Norwegian nobleman and feudal overlord.[1]

Gyntersberg (also referred to as Axel Gyntersberg til Mel) was the son of Heinrich Güntersberg and Kirsten Lagesdatter Ref. His exact birthplace is not known. His father had come to Norway around 1520 from Pomerania.[2]

Gyntersberg was overlord of the Rein Abbey from 1555 and of Bakke Abbey from 1560. During the Protestant Reformation, both were taken over by the Crown. He was commander of the island fortress at Steinvikholm Castle (1560 to 1564) until expelled by Swedish forces during the Northern Seven Years' War. From 1565 he administrated the Crown's estate on the island of Torget in Brønnøy (1565-1571). He died in Kvinnherad during 1588.[3][4][5]

He was married to Kirstine Trondsdatter Benkestokk (1510-1572), the daughter of overlord and land owner Trond Benkestokk (ca. 1500–1558). The couple had ten children, and several of his daughters married into prominent noble families. His wife had inherited an interest in the Mel estate at Kvinnherad in Hordaland.[6][7]


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  2. ^ Jon Gunnar Arntzen. "Güntersberg". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  3. ^ Bratberg, Terje. "Axel Gyntersberg". In Helle, Knut (ed.). Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Torgar, Torget, Torge". Brønnøy med Torge. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  5. ^ "Torgar". Norske Gaardnavne. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
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  7. ^ "Mæl. Kvinnherad herad, Hordaland". Matrikkelutkastet av 1950. Retrieved July 15, 2016.