Title
'The misery of the poor girls ... ' : exploring a case of collective bewitchment in Lier, 1602-03 'The misery of the poor girls ... ' : exploring a case of collective bewitchment in Lier, 1602-03
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. History
Publication type
article
Publication
Sydney ,
Subject
Art
Source (journal)
Parergon / Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. - Sydney
Volume/pages
30(2013) :2 , p. 81-108
ISSN
0313-6221
ISI
000331988100006
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
In 1602-03 eight girls at a boarding school in Lier fell ill with a strange disease, thereby paving the way for accusations of witchcraft. The voluminous records of the resulting witch trial document the events in question as well as people's reactions to them. A careful reading of the source materials suggests that the evolution of the crisis from a single, unremarkable fainting spell to a spectacular and stereotypical case of collective convulsions resulted from the mutual interactions between the behaviour of the afflicted girls and the interpretation process and remedying actions it elicited.
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