While the witch-trials were previously regarded as a legacy of the ‘Dark Ages’ from which Europe struggled to release itself over a long period, scholars today agree that on this point the Middle Ages were considerably more ‘enlightened’ than the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The witch-trials were a phenomenon of the Renaissance that did not culminate before c. 1600.

Gustav Henningsen, “Witchcraft in Denmark” (1982)

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