Victoria Benedictsson – Love that Kills

Victoria Benedictsson (née Bruzelius), born on 6 March 1850, was a Swedish novelist who used the male pen name Ernst Ahlgren in order to get her books published. Victoria ended her days in 1888 at the age of 38, and this is her tragic story. Victoria grew up at a farm in Southern Sweden.At an […]

The Witches – A Sociological/Historical Film Study

  On 18 September 1922, Danish film director Benjamin Christensen’s silent film The Witches (Häxan in Swedish) or Witchcraft Through the Ages premiered in Stockholm. It had cost 2 million Swedish Crowns to produce, one of the most expensive films all times in Sweden. In todays value it equals 50 million Crowns, or $6 250 […]

Ida B. Wells – Journalist, Suffragist, Editor, etc

Ida Bell Wells, born into slavery on 16 July 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi, is known for her relentless work in promoting women’s rights and for advocating equal rights. For example, she documented lynching in the United States in the early 1890’s and was a co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored […]

Admiral Claes Samuel Annerstedt

Claes Samuel Annerstedt was born at Tuna manor on 23 March 1799, and is a distant relative of mine. He lived a very interesting Life, and therefore he deserves to be mentioned at this webpage. At an early age Claes Samuel went to sea, and at the age of 14 in 1813 he served as a […]

Chevalier d’Eon – The First Official Transvestite?

 When studying the dispatches sent from the Swedish ambassador in London’s office in 1775, I made an interesting discovery. When ambassador Gustav Adam von Nolcken left London to travel Europe, his substitute Per Olof von Asp was immediately approached by a Frenchman named Jean-Joseph de Vignoles, who asked if Asp could deliver letters to some, according […]