The Devils of Loudun

The Devils of Loudun

ISBN: 0099477769

ISBN 13: 9780099477761

Publication Date: April 07, 2005

Publisher: Vintage Classics

Pages: 400

Format: Paperback

Author: Aldous Huxley

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In 1634 Urbain Grandier, a handsome and dissolute priest of the parish of Loudun was tried, tortured and burnt at the stake. He had been found guilty of conspiring with the devil to seduce an entire convent of nuns in what was the most sensational case of mass possession and sexual hysteria in history. Grandier maintained his innocence to the end and four years after his death the nuns were still being subjected to exorcisms to free them from their demonic bondage. Huxley's vivid account of this bizarre tale of religious and sexual obsession transforms our understanding of the medieval world.

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