This lavishly illustrated translation of a 2017 book by two Dutch Catholic scholars who have been investigating Amsterdam’s Stille Omgang or “Silent Walk” for more than thirty years argues that this annual Catholic march, which began in 1881 (in a country that prohibited formal religious processions) and still continues under rules that have been considerably modified during the past half-century, constitutes “the largest collective expression of individual religiosity” in the Netherlands and Western Europe (vii).1 The book’s arrangement stresses the direct links between the march and the annual celebrations of Amsterdam’s Eucharistic miracle of 1345 under greatly different circumstances before the Reformation’s triumph. Not only do too many interruptions—there is an “almost complete lack of sources” about annual observances far into the nineteenth century (98)—mar assumptions about its continuous commemoration, but the medieval processions also involved much less walking around and near a central shrine, which, not so incidentally,...
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June 01 2020
The Miracle of Amsterdam: Biography of a Contested Devotion
The Miracle of Amsterdam: Biography of a Contested Devotion. By
University of Notre Dame Press,
Online Issn: 1530-9169
Print Issn: 0022-1953
© 2020 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Inc.
by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Inc.
The Journal of Interdisciplinary History (2020) 51 (1): 153–154.
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William Monter; The Miracle of Amsterdam: Biography of a Contested Devotion. The Journal of Interdisciplinary History 2020; 51 (1): 153–154. doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/jinh_r_01536
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