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Evert'S World

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The borders of Woerden formed the horizon of Evert Willemsz's first world. Evert's "beloved Brothers and Sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ" comprise the orphanage and its young residents, his close relatives, his teacher, the civil and ecclesiastical authorities in the town, and a few opponents. What did Evert himself talk about? What significance can we attach to it? What kind of echoes do we hear in the background? What were the conscious and subconscious criteria of his judgment? These questions are addressed in this chapter. A connection between the Bogaerts and the orthodox milieu runs via the Muysevoets, the family of Evert's stepfather. The public significance of Evert's mystical experience was shaped by the tensions between the church and the town hall. Three witnesses from the church supported Evert's spiritual experience: the Woerden ministers Jacobus van Cralingen and Henricus Alutarius, and the rector of the Latin school, Lucas Zas.

Keywords: church; Evert Willemsz; Henricus Alutarius; Jacobus van Cralingen; Lucas Zas; Muysevoets; town hall

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