Publication
Title
'The misery of the poor girls ... ' : exploring a case of collective bewitchment in Lier, 1602-03
Author
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.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Parergon / Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. - Sydney
Publication
Sydney : 2013
ISSN
0313-6221
Volume/pages
30:2(2013), p. 81-108
ISI
000331988100006
Full text (Publishers DOI)
UAntwerpen
Faculty/Department
Research group
Publication type
Subject
Art 
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
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Identification
Creation 04.04.2014
Last edited 24.03.2017
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