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The witch processes haunted Sweden as late as between 1669 and 1677. I will take as my example for analysis the witch trials in a small Swedish parish in the third quarter of the 17th century, 500 kilometers north of Stockholm, to which I have a personal relationship because I hail from that parish and my ancestress Anna was summoned to the court. All the protocols from the trial are preserved: the accused were women, the judges were professors from Uppsala university, the prosecutor was the priest of the parish and the witnesses were children. The protocols give us a detailed picture of an imagined world lead by the Devil. The witch trials is an All-European early modern phenomenon and I will try to understand it better using one micro-case and with the help of modern cultural theory.
Per-Arne Bodin is Professor of Slavic Languages at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Stockholm University. He is member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities and doctor of theology honoris causa at Uppsala University.