Ph.D (1991) Dr. Phil. (2000) in History, University of Copenhagen
Senior researcher at the Danish National Archives.
I have published on Danish early modern cultural and criminal history including Oplysningstiden og det magiske. Henrettelser og korporlige straffe i 1700-tallets første halvdel (The Enlightenment and the magical. Executions and corporal punishments in Denmark in the first half of the eighteenth century) (Samleren, Copenhagen, 2000) and A Lutheran Plague. Murdering to Die in the Eighteenth Century (Brill, Leiden 2012).
I am currently working on the use of torture in Danish courts. Torture was legally prohibited in Denmark from the 16th century onwards, and yet it was introduced through martial courts to the powerful Copenhagen Inquisition Commission in 1686. Its use were disputed in the 18th and 19th centuries, but continued until 1837 in the form of lashes. Such ‘light’ torture were common in many European countries after the abolition of torture, but has only been poorly researched.