The largest witch trial in Swedish history

The Torsåker Witch Trials were the largest of all the witch trials in Swedish history. It is also one of the largest mass killings of witches in recorded history.  In total, there were 71 people accused and killed as being witches. A total of 6 men and 65 women. More profoundly, it was roughly a fifth of all women in the region who were beheaded and burned in a single frenzied day. The frenzied witch trials took place in Torsåker, a village located in central Sweden from 1674 – 1675 AD. Unfortunately,…

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Björn Ironside Ragnarsson

Björn Ironside Ragnarsson was a legendary viking that became the king of Sweden and founded the Munsö dynasty as its first ruler during the 9th century. Björn Ironside was the son of Ragnar “Lothbrok” Sigurdsson and Queen Aslaug (Kráka) Sigurdsdatter of the royal Völsung clan.  In the television series, ‘The Vikings,’ he is portrayed as being the son of the shieldmaiden Lagertha, but this is incorrect. Through his parents, Ragnar and Aslaug, Björn’s brothers are: Ivar the Boneless, Hvitserk (“White-Shirt”), Ragnvald, and Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye, along with half-brothers Fridleif, Eric, and Agnar. He is known in Old Norse as Bjǫrn Járnsíða Ragnarsson,…

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