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 […]

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 […]