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A case of witchcraft : the trail of Urbain Grandier

Author: Robert Rapley
Publisher: Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press ; Manchester, UK : Manchester University Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Church history
History
Named Person: Urbain Grandier; Urbain Grandier; Urbain Grandier; Urbain Grandier
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Rapley
ISBN: 0719055288 9780719055287 0773517162 9780773517165
OCLC Number: 42906297
Description: 277 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Twelve Good Years --
Disaster --
Grandier and His Bishop --
Destruction and Plague --
Possession --
Grandier the Accused --
Bishop versus Archbishop --
Arrest --
Appeal of Innocence --
The Exorcisms --
The Trial --
Torture and Death --
App. 1. Grandier through the Ages --
App. 2. Blood Is Thicker than Water.
Responsibility: Robert Rapley.

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The story of Urbain Grandier, a seventeenth-century priest who was accused and found guilty of sorcery. A tale of conspiracy, corruption and mass hysteria provides an exploration of human behaviour  Read more...

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"A superb unravelling of the story of Grandier ... This is a work of impeccable scholarship, yet it has the verve and narrative drive of a first-rate historical novel ... Reading Rapley's harrowing Read more...

 
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