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The affair of the poisons

murder, infanticide, and Satanism at the court of Louis XIV

1st U.S. ed.
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This edition was published in by St. Martin's Press in New York.

Written in English

377 pages

The Affair of the Poisons, as it became known, was an extraordinary episode that took place in France during the reign of Louis XIV. When poisoning and black magic became widespread, arrests followed. Suspects included those among the highest ranks of society. Many were tortured and numerous executions resulted. The 1676 torture and execution of the Marquise de Brinvilliers marked the start of the scandal that rocked the foundations of French society and sent shock waves through all of Europe. Convicted of conspiring with her adulterous lover to poison her father and brothers in order to secure the family fortune, the marquise was the first member of the noble class to fall. In the French court of the period, where sexual affairs were numerous, ladies were not shy of seeking help from the murkier elements of the Parisian underworld, and fortune-tellers supplemented their dubious trade by selling poison. It was not long before the authorities were led to believe that Louis XIV himself was at risk. With the chief of Paris police alerted, every hint of danger was investigated. Rumors abounded, and it was not long before the king ordered the setting up of a special commission to investigate the poisonings and bring offenders to justice. No one, the king decreed, no matter how grand, would be spared having to account for his or her conduct. - Jacket flap.

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The affair of the poisons

murder, infanticide and satanism at the court of Louis XIV

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The Affair of the Poisons, as it became known, was an extraordinary episode that took place in France during the reign of Louis XIV. When poisoning and black magic became widespread, arrests followed. Suspects included those among the highest ranks of society. Many were tortured and numerous executions resulted. The 1676 torture and execution of the Marquise de Brinvilliers marked the start of the scandal that rocked the foundations of French society and sent shock waves through all of Europe. Convicted of conspiring with her adulterous lover to poison her father and brothers in order to secure the family fortune, the marquise was the first member of the noble class to fall. In the French court of the period, where sexual affairs were numerous, ladies were not shy of seeking help from the murkier elements of the Parisian underworld, and fortune-tellers supplemented their dubious trade by selling poison. It was not long before the authorities were led to believe that Louis XIV himself was at risk. With the chief of Paris police alerted, every hint of danger was investigated. Rumors abounded, and it was not long before the king ordered the setting up of a special commission to investigate the poisonings and bring offenders to justice. No one, the king decreed, no matter how grand, would be spared having to account for his or her conduct. - Jacket flap.

The affair of the poisons

murder, infanticide, and Satanism at the court of Louis XIV

1st U.S. ed.

This edition was published in by St. Martin's Press in New York.


Table of Contents

Principal characters
Glossary
Mme de Brinvilliers
Louis XIV and his court
Sex and the Sun King
The first arrests
La Voisin
The Magician Lesage
A court in chaos
Accusations against Mme de Montespan
The Chamber is suspended
The end of the affair
Conclusion

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 354-362) and index.
Originally published: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2003.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
364.152/3/086210944
Library of Congress
DC126 .S66 2004

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
xxii, 377 p., [8] p. of plates
Number of pages
377
Dimensions
24 x x centimeters

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL3306326M
Internet Archive
affairofpoisonsm00some_0
ISBN 10
0312330170
ISBN 13
9780312330170
LC Control Number
2004050802
Library Thing
208632
Goodreads
123541

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