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  • E-mailgunnar.knutsen@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 31 58
  • Visitor Address
    Øysteins gate 3
    5007 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7805
    5020 Bergen

My current research is centred on the development of tools and methods for applying artificial intelligence to historical research, focusing mainly on Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, and Spanish sources. 

Most of my published research centres around questions of belief and the connection between belief and action in early modern Europe, specifically in Norway and Spain. The three areas that I have been most focused on have been witchcraft trials, the Spanish Inquisition, and wars of religion. The majority of my scholarly work has been published in English, while my textbooks and books of popular history are in Norwegian.

I have through a number of years worked as Principal Investigator on an extensive database of trials of faith in the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions, EMID

  • Show author(s) (2008). Långa linjer i historien. Liber.
  • Show author(s) (2006). Lange linjer i historien. Cappelen Damm Akademisk.
Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2023). The trial of faith in the Spanish Inquisition: Between law and repentance. Annales: Histoire, Sciences Sociales. 5-33.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Witchcraft and Slavery in Cartagena de Indias. Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft. 173-193.
  • Show author(s) (2020). El danés peligroso. Semblante humano de Gustav Henningsen. Evocación a cuatro manos. Príncipe de Viana. 837-848.
  • Show author(s) (2018). EMID – The Early Modern Inquisition Database. Revista de la Inquisición. 151-158.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Historias de lo sobrenatural. Estudis: Revista d'Història Moderna. 77-89.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Prosecuting the French: patterns of trials against French defendants in Valencia, 1566-1686. Continuity and Change. 357-376.
  • Show author(s) (2010). En norsk sjømann i Den spanske inkvisisjonen. Norsk Teologisk Tidsskrift. 95-107.
  • Show author(s) (2008). Kjetterinkvisitorer i Norge. Historisk Tidsskrift (Norge). 433-450.
  • Show author(s) (2008). El Santo Oficio de la Inquisición en Barcelona y soldados protestantes en el ejercito de Cataluña. Estudis: Revista d'Història Moderna. 173-188.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Trolls and witches. Arv. Nordic Yearbook of Folklore. 31-69.
  • Show author(s) (2006). The decline and end of witch trials in Scandinavia. Arv. Nordic Yearbook of Folklore. 143-164.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Trolldomsprosessenes opphør i Skandinavia. Historisk Tidsskrift (Norge). 593-611.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Religious Life in Seventeenth Century Norway Seen Through the Eyes of the Spanish Inquisition. Arv. Nordic Yearbook of Folklore. 7-23.
  • Show author(s) (2003). Norwegian witchcraft trials: a reassessment. Continuity and Change. 185-200.
  • Show author(s) (1998). Trolldomsprosessene på Østlandet. En kulturhistorisk undersøkelse. .
  • Show author(s) (1998). Fact, fiction and forensic evidence. The potential of judicial sources for historical research in the early modern periode. 2. 2. .
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) (2012). Cuentos de lo sobrenatural en los procesos de superstición en Valencia y Barcelona.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Servants of Satan and masters of demons. The Spanish Inquisition and trials for superstition.
  • Show author(s) (2008). The Spanish Inquisition and Protestant soldiers in Spanish service.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Torture in Witchcraft cases in secular courts and the Inquisition in Catalonia.
  • Show author(s) (2006). Roundtable: Historical Research from Historical Databases.
Short communication
  • Show author(s) (2004). A Dissertation: A discussion between E. William Monter and Gunnar W. Knutsen on Spanish witch trials. Arv. Nordic Yearbook of Folklore. 317-330.
Book review
  • Show author(s) (2013). Witchcraft and Magic in the Nordic Middle Ages, Stephen A. Mitchell. Scandinavian Journal of History. 389-390.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Republican States and church. From antiquity to the presnt day. Historisk Tidsskrift (Norge). 363-366.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Lu Ann Homza, ed. and trans. The Spanish Inquisition 1478–1614: An Anthology of Sources. Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft. 95-96.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Gustav Henningsen: The Salazar Documents. Historisk Tidsskrift (Norge). 145-147.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Finn Fuglestad: Spanias og Portugals historie. Historisk Tidsskrift (Norge). 518-522.
Academic monograph
  • Show author(s) (2013). Religionskrig i Europa 1450-1700.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Servants of Satan and Masters of Demons : The Spanish Inquisition's Trials of Superstition, Valencia and Barcelona, 1478-1700.
Academic commentary
  • Show author(s) (2006). Charles Dellon i Inkvisisjonens klør.
Non-fiction book
  • Show author(s) (2014). I inkvisisjonens klør. Cappelen Damm Akademisk.
  • Show author(s) (1996). Tingbok for Aker 1685. Tingbokprosjektet.
Thesis at a second degree level
  • Show author(s) (1996). Trolldomsprosessene på Østlandet. En kulturhistorisk undersøkelse.
Popular scientific article
  • Show author(s) (2023). Den spanske borgerkrigen. Store Norske Leksikon (Nettutgaven).
Doctoral dissertation
  • Show author(s) (2004). Servants of Satan and masters of demons.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Show author(s) (2023). La ordenanza real de 1617 y los procesos por brujería en la Noruega moderna. 12 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Katolske bergensere et århundre etter reformasjonen. 17 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Después de la condena: supuestas hechiceras y brujas en Valencia después de sus procesos inquisitoriales. 22 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Topics of Persecution: Witchcraft Historiography in the Iberian World. 24 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2002). Where Did the Witches Go? Spanish Witches After Their Trials. 11 pages.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

My newest project is the study of the king's lieutenants in Norway in the periode between 1536 and 1660.

Godly Power and Witchcraft in the Danish Realms (1559-1660)

The Early Modern Inquisition Database (EMID)