The Infected and the Guilty: On Heresy and Witchcraft in Post-Reformation Denmark

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This essay investigates the correlation between heresy and witchcraft in a Danish context. In sixteenth-century Denmark theologians, most prominently Niels Hemmingsen, condemned witchcraft by referring to it as heresy and false beliefs. Still, as a consequence of the Lutheran Reformation the Church had no legal influence in the prosecution of witchcraft and related offences. This essay investigates the link between heresy and witchcraft in theological writings, legal regulations and in trials for witchcraft. It argues that although Danish trials for witchcraft were an issue for lay authorities, an analysis of the link between heresy and witchcraft provides new insights in what can be characterized as a ‘trichotomy’ of theologians, legislation and judicial regulations put into practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContesting orthodoxy in medieval and early modern europe : heresy, magic and witchcraft
EditorsLouise Nyholm Kallestrup, Raisa Maria Toivo
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date2017
Pages233-254
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-32384-8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-32385-5
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Publication statusPublished - 2017
SeriesPalgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic

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Kallestrup, L. N. (2017). The Infected and the Guilty: On Heresy and Witchcraft in Post-Reformation Denmark. In L. Nyholm Kallestrup, & R. M. Toivo (Eds.), Contesting orthodoxy in medieval and early modern europe: heresy, magic and witchcraft (pp. 233-254). Palgrave Macmillan. Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32385-5_12
Kallestrup, Louise Nyholm. / The Infected and the Guilty : On Heresy and Witchcraft in Post-Reformation Denmark. Contesting orthodoxy in medieval and early modern europe: heresy, magic and witchcraft. editor / Louise Nyholm Kallestrup ; Raisa Maria Toivo. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. pp. 233-254 (Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic).
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Kallestrup, LN 2017, The Infected and the Guilty: On Heresy and Witchcraft in Post-Reformation Denmark. in L Nyholm Kallestrup & RM Toivo (eds), Contesting orthodoxy in medieval and early modern europe: heresy, magic and witchcraft. Palgrave Macmillan, Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic, pp. 233-254. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32385-5_12

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Contesting orthodoxy in medieval and early modern europe: heresy, magic and witchcraft. ed. / Louise Nyholm Kallestrup; Raisa Maria Toivo. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. p. 233-254 (Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic).

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Kallestrup LN. The Infected and the Guilty: On Heresy and Witchcraft in Post-Reformation Denmark. In Nyholm Kallestrup L, Toivo RM, editors, Contesting orthodoxy in medieval and early modern europe: heresy, magic and witchcraft. Palgrave Macmillan. 2017. p. 233-254. (Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32385-5_12