Agents of Witchcraft in Early Modern Italy and Denmark

Hardcover | May 28, 2015

byL. Kallestrup

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This book offers the first ever attempt to compare lay and inquisitorial witchcraft prosecutions. In most of the early modern period, jurisdiction in Italy relating to witchcraft rested with the Roman Inquisition, whereas in Denmark only the secular courts raised trials. Kallestrup explores the condemnation and narratives of witchcraft as they were presented by people involved in the trials in a Roman-Catholic and Danish-Lutheran context, and ties together the diverse research traditions of Italian and Danish witchcraft scholarship. Agents of Witchcraft is divided into three sections, beginning with an analysis of the learned and legal understandings of witchcraft, and proceeding with an examination of how the people on trial understood the term 'witchcraft'. Finally, the book ends by looking at the encounter of beliefs between the defendant and the judge.

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This book offers the first ever attempt to compare lay and inquisitorial witchcraft prosecutions. In most of the early modern period, jurisdiction in Italy relating to witchcraft rested with the Roman Inquisition, whereas in Denmark only the secular courts raised trials. Kallestrup explores the condemnation and narratives of witchcraft...

Louise Nyholm Kallestrup is Associate Professor in Early Modern Cultural History at University of Southern Denmark in Odense, Denmark. She has published widely on Italian and Danish witchcraft.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:May 28, 2015Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230300715

ISBN - 13:9780230300712

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Table of Contents

Contents
1. Introduction
2. Marking The Limits Of Transgression
3. The Condemnation Of Witchcraft In Denmark
4. Comparing Procedures Against Witchcraft In The Roman Inquisition And The Danish Secular
5. The Local Studies
6. Constructing An Accusation Of Witchcraft For The Court
7. From Allegation To Formal Accusation
8. Popular Notions Of Witchcraft
9. Honest People And Wicked People