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Author Charlene Hanson Jordan Shows Danger of Crying "Witch" In New Book


New book tells the dramatic true story of the 17th century Swedish witch trials.

Elgin, Texas (PRWEB) January 09, 2013

When most people think of hysteria resulting from witch trials, their first thoughts go to the events in Salem, Mass. These trials were not the first in the Western world at the time. Similar trials occurred in Sweden years before. In “Whispers in the Church: Swedish Witch Hunt, 1672,” Charlene Hanson Jordan tells the little-known story of the 17th century Swedish witch trials that may have led to the more famous trials in Salem. She also explains her family's role in these events.

“Tapping into numerous historical sources – most of them unavailable in English – the book details the customs, traditions, relationships and lifestyles of the seventeenth-century Sweden while exploring my family's history and considering the dangers of the imbalance of power between church and state that allowed the development and spreading of this extreme notion about evil,” Jordan says.

“Whispers in the Church” is not simply a re-telling of historic facts. Instead, it is an exploration of the daily life of Swedish families in the 17th century. Jordan infuses historical events with stories from her family's life in Sweden, Saint Olaf from Nidaros and the Swidden Finns to give a fuller picture of what life was like during that time.

Jordan also touches on the dangerous effects of an imbalance of power between church and state. The Catholic Church in Sweden at that time had been taken over by the State. Jordan shows how pushing power too much in the direction of either the Church or the State is dangerous for everyone.

“Whispers in the Church” shares an important story of what happened in Sweden when the church and state were not separate and how it affected a community, a country and the world.

“Whispers in the Church: Swedish Witch Hunt, 1672”
By Charlene Hanson Jordan
ISBN: 978-1-4582-0597-1 (sc); 978-1-4582-0599-5 (hc); 978-1-4582-0598-8 (e)
Softcover, $17.99
Hardcover, $35.99
Ebook, $4.95
Approximately 276 pages
Available at, and

About the author
Charlene Hanson Jordan was born in Texas to the children of Swedish immigrants. She graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in English and has lived abroad and worked as a travel professional. She has received many awards and commendation for her dedication to preserving history and heritage. She is also the author of “A Collection of Twelve Swedish Pioneer Quarterlies,” “Crossroads Elgin” and “Stuck in the Mud at Post Oak Island,” which are all books about history. She has two sons and four grandchildren; she currently lives in Texas. For more information about Charlene Hanson Jordan, visit her website at

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