Witchcraft in the Netherlands from the Fourteenth to the Twentieth Century

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Author: Robin Briggs
Date: Nov. 1994
From: The English Historical Review(Vol. 109, Issue 434)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Document Type: Book review
Length: 733 words

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Witchcraft in the Netherlands from the Fourteenth to the Twentieth Century, ed. Marijke Gijswijt-Hofstra and Willem Frijhoff (Rotterdam: U.P., 1991; pp. xii + 211. Pb. Dfl125) makes an auspicious beginning for a new series of English translations under the general title History of the Low Countries. It consists of a selection from the contributions to a collection in Dutch, Nederland betoverd, published in 1987. Marijke Gijswijt-Hofstra provides a helpful and lucid introduction, which includes some material from the sections of the original volume not included here. The standard of those chosen for translation is very high, and this must be read as a major addition to the literature on witchcraft beliefs and persecution in Europe. As might be expected, the focus is primarily on the early modern period, but several of the authors cover a much wider time-span, down to the present century. Only one, a particularly revealing analysis by Ton Dekker based primarily on material gathered by folklore collectors, concentrates entirely on the modern period. The geographical range is largely confined to the territories which formed part of the United Provinces after...

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