Whispers in the Church by Charlene Hanson Jordan
Swedish Witch Hunt, 1672

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This history explores the lives and trials of the accused during Sweden’s seventeenth-century witch hunts.

It may come as a surprise that Sweden had a witch hunt and that it was a precursor to Salem’s witch trials.

Märit Hansdotter and Karl Karlsson lived in an age of war, religious upheaval, and general discord. Their home, Karlsgården, was the site of tremendous heartache, tragedy, love and survival. It overlooked the Ljusnan River on a pilgrimage road between Uppsala and Saint Olaf’s shrine in Norway. Märit was sentenced to death, twice, for things she could not have done. Karl was sentenced to death, twice, for things he might have done.

Tapping into numerous historical sources—most of them unavailable in English—author and historian Charlene Hanson Jordan details the customs, traditions, relationships, and lifestyles of seventeenth-century Sweden while exploring her family’s history and considering the dangers of an imbalance of power between church and state that allowed the development and spreading of an extreme notion about evil.

About Charlene Hanson Jordan

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Swedish-Texan CHARLENE HANSON JORDAN's great-grandfather was born in Järvsö where the story takes place. A University of Houston graduate, she has lived abroad, worked as a travel professional, written books, and been commended for preserving history and heritage. Shown with her are Järvsö authors and historians Olle Hamre-Björk with his wife Svea, Pastor Börje Björklund, and Rune Joghans.
Published October 11, 2012 by AbbottPress. 276 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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