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Urbain Grandier - Celebrated Crimes, Book 6

Alexandre Dumas

To paraphrase the note from the translator, The Celebrated Crimes of Alexandre Dumas père was not written for children. The novelist has spared no language—has minced no words—to describe violent scenes of violent times. In this, the sixth of the series, Dumas tells the story of Urbain Grandier, a Catholic priest, little known to the English-speaking world, but famous among French speakers; he was the target of a religous and political conspiracy that began among his personal and political enemies in the town of Loudon and ended at the highest levels of political and religious power in the kingdom of France, with the direct involvement of Cardinal Richelieu and possibly of the king himself. Grandier was handsome; Grandier was magnetic; Grandier was highly attractive to women. He was also arrogant, vindictive, and bitterly exacting of every jot and tittle of his rights. These qualities ran him foul of the religious and political bigwigs of the small, provincial town of Loudon. He made many enemies; they made up their minds to kill the man, and kill him they did. They plotted to create the appearance of witchcraft on the loose by arranging for what would look like demonic possession among the nuns of the Ursuline convent at Loudon, so that they could pin a charge of witchcraft on Grandier. However, once they turned their wild horses loose, they had no choice but to ride them; what began as a personal vendetta turned into a devil's nightmare of a lurid witchhunt and trial. Though Dumas clearly takes Grandier's part, he is quite objective about how Grandier, faced with a noose strung up by his enemies, could not restrain himself from putting his head into it and grinning. Dumas shows clearly how his enemies went to work with a will to do what has necessary from that point. In this volume, he is less then novelist than the historian, but he brings all the figures involved fully to life. He leaves us shaking our heads at the depths of murderous passion and barbarous cruelty hidden under the mask of religious fervor

To paraphrase the note from the translator, The Celebrated Crimes of Alexandre Dumas père was not written for children. The novelist has spared no language—has minced no words—to describe violent scenes of violent times. In this, the sixth of the series, Dumas tells the story of Urbain Grandier, a Catholic priest, little known to the English-speaking world, but famous among French speakers; he was the target of a religous and political conspiracy that began among his personal and political enemies in the town of Loudon and ended at the highest levels of political and religious power in the kingdom of France, with the direct involvement of Cardinal Richelieu and possibly of the king himself. Grandier was handsome; Grandier was magnetic; Grandier was highly attractive to women. He was also arrogant, vindictive, and bitterly exacting of every jot and tittle of his rights. These qualities ran him foul of the religious and political bigwigs of the small, provincial town of Loudon. He made many enemies; they made up their minds to kill the man, and kill him they did. They plotted to create the appearance of witchcraft on the loose by arranging for what would look like demonic possession among the nuns of the Ursuline convent at Loudon, so that they could pin a charge of witchcraft on Grandier. However, once they turned their wild horses loose, they had no choice but to ride them; what began as a personal vendetta turned into a devil's nightmare of a lurid witchhunt and trial. Though Dumas clearly takes Grandier's part, he is quite objective about how Grandier, faced with a noose strung up by his enemies, could not restrain himself from putting his head into it and grinning. Dumas shows clearly how his enemies went to work with a will to do what has necessary from that point. In this volume, he is less then novelist than the historian, but he brings all the figures involved fully to life. He leaves us shaking our heads at the depths of murderous passion and barbarous cruelty hidden under the mask of religious fervor
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To paraphrase the note from the translator, The Celebrated Crimes of Alexandre Dumas père was not written for children. The novelist has spared no language—has minced no words—to describe violent scenes of violent times. In this, the sixth of the series, Dumas tells the story of Urbain Grandier, a Catholic priest, little known to the English-speaking world, but famous among French speakers; he was the target of a religous and political conspiracy that began among his personal and political enemies in the town of Loudon and ended at the highest levels of political and religious power in the kingdom of France, with the direct involvement of Cardinal Richelieu and possibly of the king himself. Grandier was handsome; Grandier was magnetic; Grandier was highly attractive to women. He was also arrogant, vindictive, and bitterly exacting of every jot and tittle of his rights. These qualities ran him foul of the religious and political bigwigs of the small, provincial town of Loudon. He made many enemies; they made up their minds to kill the man, and kill him they did. They plotted to create the appearance of witchcraft on the loose by arranging for what would look like demonic possession among the nuns of the Ursuline convent at Loudon, so that they could pin a charge of witchcraft on Grandier. However, once they turned their wild horses loose, they had no choice but to ride them; what began as a personal vendetta turned into a devil's nightmare of a lurid witchhunt and trial. Though Dumas clearly takes Grandier's part, he is quite objective about how Grandier, faced with a noose strung up by his enemies, could not restrain himself from putting his head into it and grinning. Dumas shows clearly how his enemies went to work with a will to do what has necessary from that point. In this volume, he is less then novelist than the historian, but he brings all the figures involved fully to life. He leaves us shaking our heads at the depths of murderous passion and barbarous cruelty hidden under the mask of religious fervor

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robert Bethune

Length:

3h 50m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:45


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:08


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:58


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:04


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:55


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:22


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:37


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:16


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:01


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:51


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:01


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:57


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:57


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:31


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:23


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:16


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:03


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:01


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:07


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:58


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:29


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:41


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:05


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:49


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:18


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:01


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:51


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:53


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:56


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:20


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:46


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:13


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:46


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:03


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:12


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:16


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:23


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:26


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:50


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:03


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:01


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:57


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:35


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:29


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

02:52