(BOUERE 1590 – LOUDUN 1634)
The Possessed of Loudun, a case of witchcraft?
Have you heard of the trial of the Possessed of Loudun? The story of the priest, Urbain Grandier, who was accused of witchcraft by the nuns of the Ursulines convent, who were suffering from fits of dementia. Public exorcism sessions were held in the Collégiale Sainte-Croix. The priest was condemned to be burned at the stake in the public square in 1634, but doubt still hangs over his guilt, and the story continues to inspire many filmmakers and writers.