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  • E-mailGunnar.Knutsen@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 31 58
  • Visitor Address
    Øysteinsgate 3
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7805
    5020 Bergen

Most of my research centres around questions of belief and the connection between belief and action in early modern Europe. The three areas that I have been most focused on have been witchcraft trials, the Spanish Inquisition, and wars of religion. Most of my scholarly work is 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. This forms the basis for much of my planned future research. 

  • Knutsen, Gunnar Winsnes. 2014. I inkvisisjonens klør. Cappelen Damm Akademisk. 124 pages. ISBN: 9788202478421.
  • Knutsen, Gunnar W. 2013. Religionskrig i Europa 1450-1700. Cappelen Damm Akademisk. 177 pages. ISBN: 9788202281458.
  • Knutsen, Gunnar W. 2009. Servants of Satan and Masters of Demons : The Spanish Inquisition's Trials of Superstition, Valencia and Barcelona, 1478-1700. Brepols. 241 pages. ISBN: 9782503528618.
  • Knutsen, Gunnar Winsnes. 2008. Långa linjer i historien. Liber. 123 pages. ISBN: 9789147084791.
  • Knutsen, Gunnar W. 2006. Charles Dellon i Inkvisisjonens klør. Unipub forlag. 124 pages. ISBN: 82-7477267-9.
  • Knutsen, Gunnar W. 2006. Lange linjer i historien. Cappelen Damm Akademisk. 120 pages. ISBN: 8202258375.
  • Erichsen, Bodil Chr.; Knutsen, Gunnar W. 1996. Tingbok for Aker 1685. 255 pages. ISBN: 82-91472-15-7.
Journal articles
  • Knutsen, Gunnar Winsnes. 2018. EMID – The Early Modern Inquisition Database. Revista de la Inquisición. 22: 151-158.
  • Knutsen, Gunnar W. 2013. Witchcraft and Magic in the Nordic Middle Ages, Stephen A. Mitchell. Scandinavian Journal of History. 38: 389-390. doi: 10.1080/03468755.2013.800329
  • Knutsen, Gunnar W. 2012. Historias de lo sobrenatural. Estudis: Revista d'Història Moderna. 38. 77-89.
  • Knutsen, Gunnar W. 2010. En norsk sjømann i Den spanske inkvisisjonen. Norsk Teologisk Tidsskrift. 111: 95-107.
  • Knutsen, Gunnar W; Navarro, Daniel Muñoz. 2010. Prosecuting the French: patterns of trials against French defendants in Valencia, 1566-1686. Continuity and Change. 25: 357-376. doi: 10.1017/S0268416010000275
  • Knutsen, Gunnar W. 2009. Republican States and church. From antiquity to the presnt day. Historisk Tidsskrift (Norge). 88: 363-366.
  • Bandlien, Bjørn; Knutsen, Gunnar W. 2008. Kjetterinkvisitorer i Norge. Historisk Tidsskrift (Norge). 87: 433-450.
  • Knutsen, Gunnar W. 2008. El Santo Oficio de la Inquisición en Barcelona y soldados protestantes en el ejercito de Cataluña. Estudis: Revista d'Història Moderna. 34. 173-188.
  • Knutsen, Gunnar W. 2007. Lu Ann Homza, ed. and trans. The Spanish Inquisition 1478–1614: An Anthology of Sources. Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft. 2: 95-96.
  • Knutsen, Gunnar W; Riisøy, Anne Irene. 2007. Trolls and witches. Arv. Nordic Yearbook of Folklore. 31-69.
  • Knutsen, Gunnar W. 2006. The decline and end of witch trials in Scandinavia. Arv. Nordic Yearbook of Folklore. 143-164.
  • Knutsen, Gunnar W. 2005. Finn Fuglestad: Spanias og Portugals historie. Historisk Tidsskrift (Norge). 84: 518-522.
  • Knutsen, Gunnar W. 2005. Gustav Henningsen: The Salazar Documents. Historisk Tidsskrift (Norge). 84: 145-147.
  • Knutsen, Gunnar W. 2005. Trolldomsprosessenes opphør i Skandinavia. Historisk Tidsskrift (Norge). 84: 593-611.
  • Knutsen, Gunnar W. 2005. Religious Life in Seventeenth Century Norway Seen Through the Eyes of the Spanish Inquisition. Arv. Nordic Yearbook of Folklore. 61: 7-23.
  • Knutsen, Gunnar W; Monter, E. William. 2004. A Dissertation: A discussion between E. William Monter and Gunnar W. Knutsen on Spanish witch trials. Arv. Nordic Yearbook of Folklore. 317-330.
  • Knutsen, Gunnar W. 2003. Norwegian witchcraft trials: a reassessment. Continuity and Change. 18: 185-200.
Reports and theses
  • Knutsen, Gunnar W. 2004. Servants of Satan and masters of demons. 220 pages.
  • Knutsen, Gunnar W. 1998. Trolldomsprosessene på Østlandet. En kulturhistorisk undersøkelse. Publikasjoner fra Tingbokprosjektet. Historisk institutt. 227 pages.
  • Sogner, Sølvi; Sandmo, Erling; Knutsen, Gunnar W; Telste, Kari; Sandvik, Hilde; Erichsen, Bodil Chr. 1998. Fact, fiction and forensic evidence. The potential of judicial sources for historical research in the early modern periode. Tid og tanke. 2. Historisk institutt. 144 pages.
  • Knutsen, Gunnar Winsnes. 1996. Trolldomsprosessene på Østlandet. En kulturhistorisk undersøkelse. 187 pages.
Book sections
  • Knutsen, Gunnar Winsnes. 2017. Katolske bergensere et århundre etter reformasjonen. ., pages 291-307. In:
    • Haug, Eldbjørg. 2017. Fra avlatshandel til folkekirke: Reformasjonen gjennom 500 år. Scandinavian Academic Press. 368 pages. ISBN: 9788230402146.
  • Knutsen, Gunnar Winsnes. 2017. Después de la condena: supuestas hechiceras y brujas en Valencia después de sus procesos inquisitoriales. ., pages 287-308. In:
    • Zamora Calvo, María Jesús. 2017. Mulieres inquisitionis : La mujer frente a la Inquisición en España. 387 pages. ISBN: 9788416187744.
  • Knutsen, Gunnar Winsnes. 2014. Topics of Persecution: Witchcraft Historiography in the Iberian World. 7, pages 167-190. In:
    • Nenonen, Marko; Toivo, Raisa Maria. 2014. Writing Witch-Hunt Histories. Challenging the Paradigm. Brill Academic Publishers. 220 pages. ISBN: 9789004257900.
  • Knutsen, Gunnar W. 2002. Where Did the Witches Go? Spanish Witches After Their Trials. 197-207. In:
    • Sandvik, Hilde; Telste, Kari; Thorvaldsen, Gunnar. 2002. Pathways of the Past: Festschrift to Sølvi Sogner on her 70th Anniversary. -1 pages. ISBN: 82-7099-343-3.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

The Early Modern Inquisition Database (EMID)

Aquittals in the Spanish Inquisition