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The Possession at Loudun (Hardcover, 2nd ed.): Michel De Certeau

The Possession at Loudun (Hardcover, 2nd ed.)

Michel De Certeau; Foreword by Stephen Greenblatt; Translated by Michael B. Smith

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The mass possession of the Loudon convent of Ursuline nuns in 1632 has held an enduring grip on the imagination; a cause celebre to the society of the day, it has also provided material for a novel by Aldous Huxley and Ken Russell's unrestrained film, The Devils. As a most accessible historian and semiotician, de Certeau brings the extraordinary events and individuals alive, exposing the underlying forces at work with a penetrating intelligence. As France endured plague, secrarian conflict and fierce centralization under Cardinal Richelieu, the infallible certainties of medieval religious belief were assaulted by the nascent rationalism of science and humanism. Loudon was the most extreme of a Europe-wide phenomenon, that focused popular fears on such unfortunate scapegoats as the nuns' libertine priest, Father Urbain Grandier. De Certeau eloquently maps the mechanics and motivation of the hysteria that saw the state put the Devil on trial and condemn Grandier to the flames. (Kirkus UK)
It is August 18, 1634. Father Urbain Grandier, convicted of sorcery that led to the demonic possession of the Ursuline nuns of provincial Loudun in France, confesses his sins on the porch of the church of Saint-Pierre, then perishes in flames lit by his own exorcists. A dramatic tale that has inspired many artistic retellings, including a novel by Aldous Huxley and an incendiary film by Ken Russell, the story of the possession at Loudun here receives a compelling analysis from the renowned Jesuit historian Michel de Certeau.
Interweaving substantial excerpts from primary historical documents with fascinating commentary, de Certeau shows how the plague of sorceries and possessions in France that climaxed in the events at Loudun both revealed the deepest fears of a society in traumatic flux and accelerated its transformation. In this tour de force of psychological history, de Certeau brings to vivid life a people torn between the decline of centralized religious authority and the rise of science and reason, wracked by violent anxiety over what or whom to believe.
At the time of his death in 1986, Michel de Certeau was a director of studies at the ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales, Paris. He was author of eighteen books in French, three of which have appeared in English translation as "The Practice of Everyday Life, ""The Writing of History, " and "The Mystic Fable, Volume 1, " the last of which is published by The University of Chicago Press.
"Brilliant and innovative. . . . "The Possession at Loudun" is de Certeau's] most accessible book and one of his most wonderful."--Stephen Greenblatt (from the Foreword)

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Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: July 2000
First published: August 2000
Authors: Michel De Certeau
Foreword by: Stephen Greenblatt
Translators: Michael B. Smith
Dimensions: 230 x 152 x 20mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 264
Edition: 2nd ed.
ISBN-13: 978-0-226-10034-0
Subtitles: French
Categories: Books > Humanities > History
Books > Humanities > History > World history
Books > Humanities > History > European history
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects
Books > Humanities > History > World history > 1500 to 1750
Books > Humanities > History > European history > General
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > Social & cultural history
Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > Alternative belief systems > Occult studies
Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > Alternative belief systems > Occult studies > Satanism & demonology
Books > History > European history
Books > History > European history > General
Books > History > History of specific subjects
Books > History > History of specific subjects > Social & cultural history
Books > History > World history
Books > History > World history > 1500 to 1750
Books > Religion & Spirituality > Alternative belief systems
Books > Religion & Spirituality > Alternative belief systems > Occult studies
Books > Religion & Spirituality > Alternative belief systems > Occult studies > Satanism & demonology
LSN: 0-226-10034-0
Barcode: 9780226100340

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