A Case of Witchcraft

A Case of Witchcraft

The Trial of Urbain Grandier

eBook - 1998
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"As a Catholic priest, Urbain Grandier was an influential figure in the Loudun community and local government. A brilliant speaker, he was popular with his parishioners. But he had enemies, including Cardinal Richelieu and Louis XIII, who were trying to wrest political autonomy from local governors and centralize power in Paris. Grandier supported the governor of Loudun and therefore was seen as an enemy of the Crown. In addition, the debonair priest's romantic intrigues brought him into conflict with some of the town's most influential power brokers." "When Ursuline nuns in a nearby convent began experiencing strange visions and hallucinations, Grandier's enemies seized the opportunity to orchestrate his downfall. These mass possessions, which despite exorcism spread through the convent, were regarded as witchcraft and Grandier was accused of having caused them. Condemned by Richelieu and Louis XIII, Grandier was tortured and burned at the stake for his alleged crimes, but maintained his innocence to the end."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Publisher: Montreal [Que.] ; Buffalo : McGill-Queen's University Press, Ă1998
ISBN: 9780773517165
Characteristics: data file,rda
1 online resource (viii, 277 pages) : illustrations


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