Vardø Witch Trials


The Steilneset memorial is seen behind the cemetery in the Norwegian town of Vardø on June 5, 2013. Pierre-Henry DESHAYES/AFP/Getty Images

At the height of Europe's witch trials, the northern coast of Norway had a disproportionate number of executions for sorcery. The small fishing community in the Arctic circle staged 140 trials, and sentenced 91 of the accused witches to death.

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