Incest in Sweden, 1680-1940

A history of forbidden relations

By Bonnie Clementsson

Incest in Sweden, 1680-1940
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  • ISBN: 9789198469905
  • Publish Date: Aug 2020
  • Publisher: Lund University Press
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-9-1984-6990-5
    • Pages: 352
    • Price: £25.00
    • Published Date: August 2020
    • Series: Lund University Press


    In early modern Sweden, if a man and his deceased wife's 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.

    An electronic edition of this book is available under a creative commons licence:


    1 Background and context
    2 Incest: a religious crime, 1680-1750
    3 Incest: a moral crime, 1750-1840
    4 Incest: a crime of violence, 1840-1940
    The phenomenon of incest in Sweden over 250 years: a summary discussion


    Bonnie Clementsson is a researcher at Lund University

    Incest in Sweden, 1680-1940

    By Bonnie Clementsson

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