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Agents of Witchcraft in Early Modern Italy and Denmark


Part of the Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic book series (PHSWM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Louise Nyholm Kallestrup
      Pages 1-10
  3. The Prosecutors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Louise Nyholm Kallestrup
      Pages 13-32
    3. Louise Nyholm Kallestrup
      Pages 33-52
  4. The Prosecuted

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Louise Nyholm Kallestrup
      Pages 65-72
    3. Louise Nyholm Kallestrup
      Pages 73-86
    4. Louise Nyholm Kallestrup
      Pages 87-110
    5. Louise Nyholm Kallestrup
      Pages 111-130
  5. Encounters in the courts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Louise Nyholm Kallestrup
      Pages 133-148
    3. Louise Nyholm Kallestrup
      Pages 149-155
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 156-206

About this book


This book offers a comparison of lay and inquisitorial witchcraft prosecutions. In most of the early modern period, witchcraft jurisdiction in Italy rested with the Roman Inquisition, whereas in Denmark only the secular courts raised trials. Kallestrup explores the narratives of witchcraft as they were laid forward by people involved in the trials.


culture early modern period Europe history history of religion Italy modern history Modernity religion social history social science

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Southern DenmarkOdenseDenmark

About the authors

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.

Bibliographic information


“Kallestrup’s volume is easy to read, and filled with exceptional insight into the complexities of the prosecution of witchcraft. … For students of history and witchcraft, the volume is an exemplar of how comparative historical research can be carried out. … This volume should find a place on the bookshelves of those interested in the history of European witchcraft, and in the legislative and prosecutorial approach to witchcraft throughout Europe and the Americas.” (Timothy Tangherlini, Folklore, Vol. 128 (2), 2017) 

“Louise Nyholm Kallestrup has provided a study that specialists of the Reformation and of the history of witchcraft will find interesting and useful. Based on archival sources, this works aims to compare the judicial treatment and popular understanding of witchcraft in Catholic Italy and Lutheran Denmark. … this comparative study makes a worthy contribution to the huge body of literature on the subject of early modern witchcraft.” (Jeffery R. Watt, Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 69 (3), 2016)