David A. Bell: ‘The Wanton Jesuit’, 17 November 2016
Show More The Wanton Jesuit and the Wayward Saint: A Tale of Sex, Religion and Politics in 18th-Century France by Mita Choudhury.
Penn State, 234 pp., £43.95, December 2015, 978 0 271 07081 0Show More
“... brought on by sexual trauma, or ‘hysterical mysticism’ induced by sexual abstinence. Mita Choudhury’s lucid new study offers a more cautious and better informed interpretation. Unlike most of her predecessors, including Michelet, she does not assume that the abuse actually occurred. At a remove of nearly three centuries, faced with wildly ...”