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The devils of Loudun ([New ed.])

By: Huxley, Aldous

Part of the Vintage classics series
0099477769 / 9780099477761
Paperback
133.4'26'094463
07/04/2005
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20 cm xiv, 376 p. : ill.
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Reprint. This ed. originally published: London: Flamingo, 1994.

In 1634 Urbain Grandier, a handsome and successful seducer of women and priest of the parish of Loudun, was tried, tortured and burnt at the stake.

He had been found guilty of being in league with the devil and seducing an entire convent of nuns in what was the most sensational case of mass possession and sexual hysteria in history.

Grandier maintained his innocence to the end and four years after his death the nuns were still being subjected to exorcisms to free them from their demonic bondage.

Huxley's vivid account of this bizarre tale of religious and sexual obsession transforms our understanding of the medieval world.

BIC:

1DDF France, 3JD c 1600 to c 1700, HBJD European history, HBLH Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700, HRQX9 Satanism & demonology

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