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Title: Een andere Hadewijch of een nieuwe dwaalweg?
Author(s): WILLAERT, Frank
Journal: Ons Geestelijk Erf
Volume: 85 Issue: 3 Date: 2014
This article offers a critical discussion of Rudi Malfliet’s recent book De andere Hadewijch [The Other Hadewijch], in which it is contended that Hadewijch’s writings should be considered much more heterodox than is usually assumed by a research tradition that is heavily indebted to a ‘particular religious perception and methodology’. The influence of Joachim of Fiore in particular should be considered crucial for a correct understanding of her works. It appears, however, that Malfliet’s definition of the concept ‘beguine’ is anachronistic and that his joachimite, numerological and autobiographical interpretations of Hadewijch’s writings remain unconvincing. As for his reconstruction of Hadewijch’s biography, it is untenable, as it either lacks any documentary basis or results from preconceived interpretations of the literary and historical sources adduced.