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Morten Kjær

Morten Kjær, PhD-student, Department of Law, University of Southern Denmark

God’s wrath and God’s law – the sexual offences after the Reformation in Denmark-Norway

I am working on a PhD-dissertation in legal history on how the centralized government regulated and punished the sexual offences in Denmark-Norway during the period 1536-1648. The project deals with the influence of the Reformation in Denmark-Norway and the transfer of jurisdiction from the church to the secular authority. The main focus is the influence from Mosaic Law and the fear of God’s wrath in legislation and practice from the centralized government (king and council). The sources that will be analyzed are the legislation, verdicts from Rettertinget, the highest court in Denmark-Norway, and practice from the chancery.