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Lägersmål och lönskalägen i Bergslagen 1771-1830
Gotland University, School of the Humanities and Social Science.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Premarital Crimes and the Penalties, Bergslagen 1771-1830 (English)
Abstract [en]

Barnamordsplakatet (a Infanticide Proclamation) of 1778 was a circular allowing unmarried mothers to give birth at an undisclosed location without giving up the name of the father. The proclamation was supposed to ease the situation for the unwed mother in Sweden.

The aim was to investigate whether women in Assembly of Hällefors, far from government and close to remote forest Finnskogen, was affected by the Infanticide Proclamation, between 1771 and 1830.

Case studies has been done on people who had illegitimate children, if they were convicted, what the crime was and what the punishment was. The investigation is made at a local level and compared against national analyzes on the same theme.

A lot of illegitimate children were born in Grythyttan nearby and slightly less in Hällefors, compared to other places of Sweden. Mothers and fathers were convicted in the district court for crimes, including, sexual intercourse between unmarried persons. More women than men were convicted. The cases in court with convicted for the second time, was culminating between 1800 and 1810.

Infanticide Proclamation is immediately adapted in court. People's behavior changed before the law took effect when the amount of born illegitimate children outnumbered the amount of convicted mothers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 29 p.
, Susann Rickan
Keyword [en]
Woman in Bergslagen, Premarital Crimes, Court Penalties, 17th century, infanticide proclamation, Barnamordsplakatet, illegitimate children, law against infanticide, lönskaläge, lägersmål, sexcrime, father unknown, morality crime, premarital sexuality, fornication.
Keyword [sv]
Kvinna i Bergslagen, föräktenskapliga brott, 1700-tal, Barnamordsplakatet, oäkta barn, lag mot barnamord, lönskaläge, lägersmål, sexbrott, fader okänd, moral brott, föräktenskaplig sexualitet, otukt.
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History and Archaeology
URN: urn:nbn:se:hgo:diva-1446OAI: diva2:532834
Subject / course
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-06-13 Created: 2012-06-12 Last updated: 2013-07-01Bibliographically approved

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