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Blasphemy in early modern Sweden: an untold story
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Historical Studies.
2008 (English)In: Journal of Religious History, ISSN 0022-4227, E-ISSN 1467-9809, Vol. 32, no 4, 457-470 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
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In early modern Sweden, blasphemy was regarded as one of the most serious crimes one could commit. It was subject to the death penalty and was termed Crimen Laesae Majestatis Diviniae - a "crime against the heavenly majesty." In the period 1680-1789, 110 cases of blasphemy came before the Judiciary Inspectorate; these cases can be divided into the following categories: blasphemy against God, basphemy against the sacraments, deliberate assignations to the Devil, and other blasphemies. Of the 117 accused, only nine were women and a significant number were soldiers. Blasphemy could be regarded a common subgenre within an already oral military culture.

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Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2008. Vol. 32, no 4, 457-470 p.
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History History of Religions
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-117467DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9809.2008.00725.xISI: 000260499500006OAI: diva2:911775
Available from: 2016-03-14 Created: 2016-03-01 Last updated: 2016-03-14Bibliographically approved

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