Incest in Sweden, 1680-1940

Incest in Sweden, 1680-1940 A History of Forbidden Relations - Lund University Press

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Synopsis

In early modern Sweden, if a man and his deceased wifeï+½s sister were found guilty of engaging in sexual intercourse they would be sentenced to death by beheading. Today the same relationship is not even illegal. Covering the period 1680-1940, this book analyses both incest crimes and applications for dispensation to marry, revealing the norms underpinning Swedish society's shifting attitudes to incestuous relations and comparing them with developments in other European countries. It demonstrates that, even though the debate on incest has been dominated by religious, moral, and - in due course - medical notions, the values that actually determined the outcome of incest cases were frequently of quite a different character.

Book information

ISBN: 9789198469905
Publisher: Lund University Press
Imprint: Lund University Press
Pub date:
Language: English
Number of pages: 328
Weight: -1g
Height: 216mm
Width: 138mm