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A Case of Witchcraft: The Trial of Urbain Grandier
As a Catholic priest, 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 was trying to wrest political autonomy from local governors and centralize power in Paris. Grandier's support of the governor of Loudun meant th ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published October 11th 2001 by McGill-Queen's University Press
(first published August 24th 1998)
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An engrossing, disturbing historical event that plays out like a brief vision of hell on earth that results in a charismatic priest's conviction of heresy and witchcraft, which led to his death by burning at the stake - all due to religious manipulation and hysteria, denominational intolerance, and political chicanery. Father Urbain Grandier, a charming, handsome, impish priest, is transferred to the town of Loudun, France, as the new parish priest for the local catholic church. Though he was we ...more