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Recognition relies on images. The formation and use of those images is determined by power relations on a variety of levels. Evert Willemsz began to be associated with certain images already in his adolescence, when the consistory and magistracy accepted them as authentic and others in Woerden subjected them to sharp criticism. The first image, called up in 1622/23 in Woerden, is that of a prodigy. The pamphlets about Evert contain what for the medium is an unusually detailed account of how they came about. The texts are strewn with references to Evert's intentions and to how the compiler followed them. Evert Willemsz's messages steer clear of the political idiom of his time. Claes Jansz van Wassenaer was not a theological hairsplitter, but an inquisitive and critical observer of his time. In brief, the ideal informant. That attitude is evident from his report about Evert Willemsz.

Keywords: Claes Jansz van Wassenaer; Evert Willemsz; God; pamphlets; prodigy; recognition



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