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An Orphan In Woerden

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The orphanage was Evert Willemsz's nearest social milieu. It served as the boy's most important socialization framework on his path to adulthood. This chapter explains how the interests of orphan chamber and orphanage, property management and care of the children, could be intertwined in Woerden as well. In the essentially public space where the two forces operated, Evert developed a personality strong enough to time and again secure a separate, private living space for himself, to attribute a highly individual significance to experiences that were anchored along various lines in collective traditions, and to seize on the mystical experience as a way to change his personal circumstances. From a tailor's apprentice he became a student. From the world of trades he moved into the employ of the church and in the process climbed a rung or two on the social ladder.

Keywords: apprenticeship; Evert Willemsz; mystical experience; orphan chamber; orphanage; property management; Woerden



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