Witchcraft

   Following the late Middle Ages, accusations of sor cery were a rather marginal phenomenon in the local and regional ju dicial practice in the Netherlands. As early as the 16th century, medical doctor Johannes Wier (1515–1588) wrote a skeptical and critical treatise on demonology, exorcism, and conjuring. During the period of the Republic, no one was executed for sorcery. The small town of Oudewaterwas famous for its certificates that guaranteed that an ac cused person was not a witch. The popular belief in the activities of the Devil, however, was hard to eradicate, as the Amsterdam Calvinistic minister BalthasarBekker realized after the publication of his critical book, The World Bewitched (1695).

Historical Dictionary of the Netherlands. . 2012.

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