.mw-parser-output .hidden-begin{box-sizing:border-box;width:100%;padding:5px;border:none;font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .hidden-title{font-weight:bold;line-height:1.6;text-align:left}.mw-parser-output .hidden-content{text-align:left}@media all and (max-width:500px){.mw-parser-output .hidden-begin{width:auto!important;clear:none!important;float:none!important))You can help expand this article with text translated from the corresponding article in Swedish. (April 2021) Click [show] for important translation instructions. View a machine-translated version of the Swedish article. Machine translation, like DeepL or Google Translate, is a useful starting point for translations, but translators must revise errors as necessary and confirm that the translation is accurate, rather than simply copy-pasting machine-translated text into the English Wikipedia. Do not translate text that appears unreliable or low-quality. If possible, verify the text with references provided in the foreign-language article. You must provide copyright attribution in the edit summary accompanying your translation by providing an interlanguage link to the source of your translation. A model attribution edit summary is Content in this edit is translated from the existing Swedish Wikipedia article at [[:sv:Gyldenstierne-sagen]]; see its history for attribution. You may also add the template ((Translated|sv|Gyldenstierne-sagen)) to the talk page. For more guidance, see Wikipedia:Translation.

Gyldenstierne-sagen ('Gyldenstierne Affair') was a witch trial which took place in Denmark between 1596 and 1598. Alongside the Nakkebølle-sagen, it was one of two big witchcraft cases in the 1590s which was essentially caused by feuds among the Danish noble families.[1]

In 1596, the noblewoman Anne Hardenberg (1566-1625) gave birth to a dead child, after several years of depression. She blamed her misfortune on witchcraft, which resulted in the execution of three peasant women, whom her husband Johan Rud arrested, imprisoned and interrogated in his private estate. When one of the tortured women pointed out the noblewoman Karen Gyldenstierne, who was the long-standing enemy of Johan Rud, the whole case was transformed in to a slander case which was put before the king, who in 1598 dissolved it by encouraging the two noble families to reconcile.


  1. ^ Kallestrup, Louise Nyholm: Heksejagt. Aarhus Universitetsforlag (2020)