Urbain Grandier, parson of the French town of Loudun, was tortured and burned at the stake in 1634. He was accused of being in league with the Devil and seducing an entire convent of nuns, in what is the most sensational case of mass possession and sexual hysteria in history. Charming, handsome, dandyish and promiscuous, as soon as Grandier ...Read MoreUrbain Grandier, parson of the French town of Loudun, was tortured and burned at the stake in 1634. He was accused of being in league with the Devil and seducing an entire convent of nuns, in what is the most sensational case of mass possession and sexual hysteria in history. Charming, handsome, dandyish and promiscuous, as soon as Grandier arrived in Loudun it became clear that he took more than a pastoral interest in his female parishioners. His reputation for arousing extraordinary sexual passions in the townswomen spread to the Prioress of the local convent, Sister Jeanne, who became obsessed with the "delicious monster". Soon all the nuns were gripped by fits and convulsions, falling into frenzied orgies of lustful depravity that attracted tourists from all over France. But was Grandier really the sorcerer responsible for their possession, or was it a political frame-up from Cardinal Richelieu down, to get this arrogant, womanizing priest out of the way? Aldous Huxley's account, which was made into a salacious film by Ken Russell, is full of details of witchcraft, gruesone exorcisms and the superstitions of an age haunted by devils.Read Less
Fine in G+ jacket. PLEASE NOTE contrast between condtions of book and jacket (see below). Black paper over boards with red quarter-cloth, in red, black and white jacket, 8vo. Book Club. 340pp. Index, bibliography. NF/G+. Book has one bracketed paragraph p.6; mild sunning lower spine end of cloth. Book is otherwise as new, although on somewhat off-qualty lightly toned page stock. Jacket has 1" tar with associated triangular creases across entire upper rear edge (all internally tape-reinforced); abrasion with light chips, scraping and surface loss to spine ends; less severe surface loss at tips of corners. Central colors and titles, however, bright, sharp and unaffected. Jacket in Brodart.
Very Good in Good jacket. Historical Narrative. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. A convent of nuns possessed by devils, a priest accused of withcraft and martyred at the orders of Cardinal Richelieu, a saintly mystic gripped by the demons he had challenged; these are the extraordinary elements of a powerful and absorbing book. This book is in very good condition. It appears unread. The previous owner has written name and date at the top of the first blank page. The dust jacket is in good condition with a few tears along the edges and a bit of wear and scuffing. There is a great picture of the author on the back panel. The jacket is in new clear protective covering.
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