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Witchcraft Criminality and Witchcraft Research in the Nordic Countries

Rune Blix Hagen

in The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America

Published in print March 2013 | ISBN: 9780199578160
Published online May 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199578160.013.0022

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

 Witchcraft Criminality and Witchcraft             Research in the Nordic Countries

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This article discusses the history of witchcraft prosecutions in the five Nordic countries: Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland, all of which were involved in European witch-hunts in the early modern period. Prosecutions in the entire region reached a peak between 1620 and 1660, although trials took place both in earlier and later periods. There are no exact figures for the number of individuals formally charged with witchcraft in one form or another, but almost 1,200 death sentences have been recorded in such cases.

Keywords: witchcraft trials; witchcraft prosecutions; Iceland; Norway; Denmark; Sweden; Finland

Article.  8681 words. 

Subjects: History ; European History ; Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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