Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic
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Premodern Beliefs and Witch Trials in a Swedish Province, 1669-1672

Authors: Malmstedt, Göran

  • Examines the worldview and perceptions of reality that formed the setting for the witch trials in the Swedish province of Bohuslän
  • Provides a unique insight into premodern worldviews
  • Analyses the testimony of the defendants and the various accusations from neighbours and the court
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This book examines the worldview and perceptions of reality that formed the setting for the witch trials held in the Swedish province of Bohuslän in 1669-1672. The first part of the book explores the conduct of the trials and provides, among other things, an analysis of the defendants and of the various accusations from neighbours and the court. The following parts analyse the perceptions of reality found in the statements made in court by witnesses and the accused. The topics addressed include the relationship between dreams and reality, belief in shape-shifting, the power of words, emotions, and magically charged matters, as well as perceptions of God and the Devil. The beliefs that surfaced during the trials were part of a general mentality that characterised people’s perception of the world, both before and after the trials. As the records from the prolonged cross-examinations of the accused are unusually detailed, the defendant’s statements, together with accusations, testimonies, and the courts’ questions, provides a unique insight into premodern worldviews.

About the authors

Göran Malmstedt is Professor of History at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-24

    Malmstedt, Göran

  • The Conduct of the Trials

    Pages 27-43

    Malmstedt, Göran

  • Accused and Accusations

    Pages 45-56

    Malmstedt, Göran

  • Lost at Sea

    Pages 57-75

    Malmstedt, Göran

  • Dreams and Reality

    Pages 79-96

    Malmstedt, Göran

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Premodern Beliefs and Witch Trials in a Swedish Province, 1669-1672
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-76120-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-76120-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-76119-6
Series ISSN
2731-5630
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 229
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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