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 thAs 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 that he 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 a nearby convent of Ursuline nuns began experiencing strange visions and hallucinations, Grandier's enemies seized the opportunity to orchestrate his downfall. These mass possessions, which spread through the convent despite attempts at exorcism, were regarded as witchcraft and Grandier was accused of having caused them. Condemned by Richelieu and the king, Grandier was tortured and burned at the stake for his alleged crimes. He maintained his innocence to the end. This tale of conspiracy, corruption, and mass hysteria provides a fascinating exploration of human behaviour and community dynamics....
|Title||:||A Case of Witchcraft: The Trial of Urbain Grandier|
|Number of Pages||:||296 Pages|
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A Case of Witchcraft: The Trial of Urbain Grandier Reviews
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 welcomed with open arms in the beginning, but soon after his arrival, the whispers and rumours began: his reputation as a ladies man and was reputed to have had affairs with a few of the town's noble ladies; his traitorous (alleged by fellow Catholics) sympathy and alliance with the Protestants, a religion that was sweeping France and Europe, inciting the fear and outrage of the crown and the papacy; his opposition and influence to keep the town's fortress walls from being razed; and the accusation that spelled his, and the town's, doom - the summoning of the devil to 'possess' a group of Ursuline nuns subjecting them to impure thoughts, liaisoning with incubi, and violent fits, putting the nuns at the center of the tempest at what became grand theatre in Loudun, and all of France, and sealed Grandier's fate. An astonishing and unsettling read that comes highly recommended.
easier to read, and more comprehensive, than many other books about grandier.