Märet Jonsdotter was accused of attending Witches’ Sabbaths in Blockula, a mythical Swedish meadow. Jonsdotter was the first witch tried in Sweden during “The Great Noise” that swept through the country between 1668 and 1676. A local shepherd girl, Gertrud Svendsdotter, whose father had unsuccessfully courted Märet, was the first to accuse her. Getrud was not without motivation. At the time, the local priest of Älvdalen, a Swedish town that looks like it belongs to a storybook, was investigating Gertrud because her small brother alleged that she had led a parade of goats across the water like Moses.

Gertrud named Märet as the person who had taught her witchcraft and also claimed that Märet had introduced her to the devil. During the trial, Gertud’s father declared that Märet had ridden him as a horse to Blockula. Märet’s little sister asserted during questioning that she and Märet had ridden cows to Blockula where they slaughtered them and slept with the Devil. Because she would not confess, Märet could not be executed at this point in time. But the witch craze continued to spread in Sweden and laws requiring confession for execution were soon modified. When she was again accused during the Mora Witch Trials she was declared guilty. In 1672 Jonsdotter was decapitated, as was the Swedish custom, before being burned.


  1. ravingcelt009 reblogged this from history-and-shit
  2. raettochsanning reblogged this from history-and-shit
  3. aaron-zen-and-the-great-ganesh reblogged this from history-and-shit
  4. fuckyeahnordicwomen reblogged this from swedishhistory
  5. moralwounds reblogged this from swedishhistory
  6. swedishhistory reblogged this from history-and-shit
  7. justagaygan reblogged this from thefolkmagician
  8. bleach-and-cupcakes reblogged this from thefolkmagician
  9. thefolkmagician reblogged this from history-and-shit
  10. ashr3dge0metry reblogged this from history-and-shit
  11. kazuvortex reblogged this from goddess29
  12. goddess29 reblogged this from history-and-shit
  13. dazedandconfused141 reblogged this from history-and-shit
  14. history-and-shit posted this