London: Chatto & Windus, 1952. Val Biro (cover art). First U.K. Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Used - Very Good/Fine. Endpapers toned. Clean, unmarked. Orange cloth boards with gilt lettering/black letterbox to spine. Binding tight and square. Corners sharp. Frontispiece illustration. B/W illustrations. Bibliography. 13.25 x 20.5 cm. 376 pp. / Good/Very Good. Price clipped. Toned on inside. Repaired by prior owner with tape on inside. Item #11334
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.