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Author Krogh, Tyge, 1954-
Title A Lutheran plague : murdering to die in the eighteenth century / by Tyge Krogh
Imprint Leiden ; Boston : Brill, c2012
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Descript vi, 226 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Series Studies in Central European histories, 1547-1217 ; v. 55
Studies in Central European histories ; v. 55
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [213]-222) and index
Introduction -- Frequency -- The murderers' social situation and mental state -- Religious motives -- The authorities and the murders -- Pietism and the murderers -- Motives -- Boundaries -- Divine demands -- Salvation of the soul -- A Lutheran plague -- The Danish decree of 1767 -- Measures taken against the suicide murders in Germany -- The role of suicide murders in the penal reform debates -- From salvation to insanity -- Conclusion -- Appendix : suicide murder cases in Copenhagen, 1697-1789
To kill someone purely in order to be sentenced to death and then to die at the hands of the executioner! Such murders were alarmingly frequent in eighteenth-century Lutheran Europe. The book traces the complex motives behind these crimes -- an investigation that leads not only to the Pietist interest in saving the souls of those sentenced to death but also into some of the central elements of Lutheran soteriology and the idea of capital punishment as being divinely ordained. The murders prompted special legislation and challenged the religious basis of the death penalty, and the killings and the logic behind them played an important role in debates about capital punishment, following Beccaria. Although much less frequent than in Lutheran Europe, such crimes are still committed elsewhere in eighteenth-century Europe, and even in the present-day US. Thus they seem to go hand in hand with the death penalty, irrespective of time and space
Subject Murder -- Europe, Northern
Murderers -- Europe, Northern -- Psychology
Murderers -- Religious life -- Europe, Northern
Salvation -- Lutheran Church
Pietism -- Europe, Northern -- History -- 18th century
Capital punishment -- Europe, Northern -- History -- 18th century
Criminal justice, Administration of -- Europe, Northern -- History -- 18th century
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