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Urbain Grandier
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Religious Figure
    (1, 1590-August 16, 1634)
    Born in Bouere, France
    Catholic priest in Loudon, France
    He took several lovers and fathered a child out of wedlock. (Vow of celibacy? What's that?)
    He wrote a book against priestly celibacy and dedicated it to his mistress, whom he called 'my little concubine.'
    He was convicted of immorality in 1630.
    He made a lot of enemies in high places.
    He allegedly wrote a satire ridiculing Cardinal Richelieu.
    A convent of nuns accused him of witchcraft and having them possessed by demons.
    The so-called 'Loudon possessions' were part of a political ploy to destroy him.
    He was brutally tortured and burned at the stake.
    Despite his ordeal, he never confessed.
    After his death, many of his executioners went mad.
    His story inspired Aldous Huxley's book 'The Devils of Loudun' and Ken Russell's movie 'The Devils.
    He was portrayed on screen by Oliver Reed.

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