David Wootton: Michel de Certeau
4 October 2001
Show More The Possession at Loudun by Michel de Certeau, translated by Michael Smith.
Chicago, 251 pp., £27, August 2000, 0 226 10034 0Show More
The Certeau Reader edited by Graham Ward.
Blackwell, 320 pp., £60, November 1999, 0 631 21278 7Show More
Michel de Certeau: Cultural Theorist by Ian Buchanan.
Sage, 143 pp., £50, July 2000, 0 7619 5897 5Show More
“... In 1632 Loudun was a frontier town, with Catholicism to the north, south and east, and Protestantism to the west. Internally divided, it was in the process of being recaptured by the new religious orders of the Counter-Reformation (the Jesuits arrived in 1606, the Capuchins in 1616, the Ursulines in 1626); while at the same time Richelieu was planning to destroy the town’s castle, thus turning its citizens into subjects of the absolutist state ...”