Theater: Bothered & Bedeviled

The Devils is a tale of demonic possession and human spite fashioned by the late English playwright John Whiting from events that took place in the French provincial town of Loudun in the early 17th century. Father Urbain Grandier, a worldly priest, was accused by a hunchbacked prioress, whom he never met, of having possessed her and the nuns of her convent with satanic frenzies of lust. Having incurred the envy of fellow clerics, the malice of middle-class malcontents, and the enmity of Cardinal Richelieu for opposing certain policies of state, Grandier was...

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