The Aix-en-Provence possessions were a series of alleged cases of demonic possession occurring among the Ursuline nuns of Aix-en-Provence (South of France) in 1611. Father Louis Gaufridi was accused and convicted of causing the possession by a pact with the devil, and he was executed by being burned at the stake, atop a pile of bushes because they burned slower and hotter than logs. This case provided the legal precedent for the conviction and execution of Urbain Grandier at Loudun more than 20 years later. In both cases, sexual themes dominated the manifestations of the possessions.
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... See also Aix-en-Provence possessions In 1610 Michaelis became involved in a case of demonic possession at the Ursuline convent at Aix-en-Provence ... Other nuns soon confessed to similar possessions, the demons in many cases prompting them to sermonize at length ... through Madeleine Demandols, maintained there to be a total of 6,660 devils involved in the possession ...
... In 1613, two years later, the possession hysteria spread to Lille where three nuns reported that Sister Marie de Sains had bewitched them ... More than 20 years later, in 1634, the Aix-en-Provence possessions set precedent for the conviction and execution of Urbain Grandier ...
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