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Professor Mita Choudhury discusses research and book on sex, heresy, and public opinion in 18th-century France

Professor Mita Choudhury will speak at the libraries about the infamous trial that took place in 1731 when 20-year old Catherine Cadière accused her 50-year old Jesuit confessor, Jean-Baptiste Girard, of seduction, abortion, heresy and bewitchment. Although the trial took place in Provence, 400 miles from Paris, it quickly became linked to larger political and religious conflicts that riveted the public of eighteenth-century France.

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