Like the rest of Europe and America between the 15th and 18th century, Sweden experienced some witch hysteria. The most famous incident being the Torsåker Parish Witch Trials of 1674-1675, when 71 people (6 men and 65 women) were executed for being witches. (Salem, Massachusetts paled in comparison with a mere 20 executions.) There had been concerns about witchcraft throughout Europe for many years although the direct cause of this incident was the minister of the church directing that an investigation be carried out to find local witches. If you had family in the area at the time they were likely affected by the deaths as the 65 women amounted to about 20% of the women in the area. Almost all families lost someone.
Tuesday Quick Tips – Witches in Sweden
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