The Possession at Loudun / Edition 2

The Possession at Loudun / Edition 2

by Michel de Certeau
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226100359

ISBN-13: 9780226100357

Pub. Date: 08/28/2000

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

In 1634 Father Urbain Grandier, convicted of sorcery leading to the demonic possession of the Ursuline nuns of provincial Loudun, France, confessed his sins outside the church of Saint-Pierre, then died in a fire lit by his own exorcists. The story inspired a novel by Aldous Huxley, a Ken Russell film adaptation of Huxley's novel, and this analysis by the Jesuit…  See more details below

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In 1634 Father Urbain Grandier, convicted of sorcery leading to the demonic possession of the Ursuline nuns of provincial Loudun, France, confessed his sins outside the church of Saint-Pierre, then died in a fire lit by his own exorcists. The story inspired a novel by Aldous Huxley, a Ken Russell film adaptation of Huxley's novel, and this analysis by the Jesuit historian, and former director of studies at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, Michel de Certeau (d. 1986). Interweaving court proceedings, medical reports, and private letters with his own impressive commentary, Certeau shows a populace at the intersection of the decline of religion and the rise of reason, uncertain what or who to believe. Originally published in France, 1970. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226100357
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Edition description:
1
Pages:
266
Sales rank:
487,761
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Translator's Acknowledgments
History Is Never Sure1
1How a Possession is Born11
2The Magic Circle23
3The Discourse of Possession35
4The Accused: Urbain Grandier52
5Politics in Loudun: Laubardemont65
6Beginning the Judicial Inquiry77
7The Theater of the Possessed85
8The Medical Eye109
9A Teratology of Truth122
10The Judgment of the Sorcerer152
11The Execution: Legend and History171
12After Death, Literature181
13The Time of Spirituality: Father Surin199
14The Triumph of Jeanne des Anges213
Figures of the Other227
Primary Sources and Bibliography229
Notes231
Index245

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