The Chateau de Brissac is located in the Loire River Valley of France. It was built sometime in the 11th century. The Duke of Brissac bought the castle in the 15th century. It is the tallest castle in France and is currently open to overnight guests and tours. Lurking in the halls to this day (but mostly the chapel) is the La Dame Verte. In 1462, Jacques de Brézé was set to marry Charlotte de Valois, King Louis XI’s half sister (she was, in fact, the recognized, but illegitimate daughter of Charles VII and his mistress Agnes Sorel.) It was a politically motivated, arranged marriage. But it was NOT a love connection. Jacques preferred to go hunting and do all the outdoorsy stuff, whereas Charlotte- growing up in the haughty french courts was accustomed to a more sophisticated lifestyle. On May 31, 1477, Jacques returned from a day out in the woods- dined with his wife and went to his room. In the middle of the night, a servant woke him to say that Charlotte was “prey to reckless lust.” Upon running into his wife’s bedroom- he did indeed find her with another man. Jacques stabbed both of them to death (over 100 times with a sword. ouch.) Her ghost remained at the castle and is always seen in a green dress- what’s even creepier is that witnesses claim she appears to have gaping holes where her eyes and nose should be. YIKES. There are also reports of loud moaning and the sounds of a woman brushing her hair. Some have even see her ghost trying to remove a sword from her chest. Well- to finish up the story, King Louis XI was furious and had Jacques imprisoned for his crimes. Jacques’ son Luois de Brézé eventually took ownership of the castle and married Diane de Poitiers (another famous mistress.) You can book your stay at the Chateau de Brissac here: http://www.chateau-brissac.fr/2006/english3.htm
Urbain Grandier (1590-1634) was a French Catholic priest. He was burned at the stake after an event dubbed the “Loudun Possessions.”
Urbain was very outspoken against Clerical Celibacy- even wrote a book about it. He had a reputation of being a bit of a ladies man (thorn birds?) and in 1632 a group of nuns accused him of bewitching them and sending a demon called Asmodai. Asmodai, or Asmodeus, is the King of the Nine Hells, and sometimes known as one of the 7 princes of Hell- he is the prince of Lust, twisting his victims’ sexual desires. The nuns all claimed to have lusty thoughts and dreams, thanks to Grandier. Methinks the nuns were drinking some Turnera Aphrodisiaca Tea (or being pressured by Mother Superior who was either attracted to or disgusted by Father Casanova.)
The philanderer priest made some powerful enemies when he pissed off Cardinal Richelieu (Chief Minister of France) and Mother Superior, Sister Jeanne of the Angels (heh.) They had him brought up on charges of witchcraft and even introduced a document that was supposedly signed by Grandier and all the demons he did business with. This document was deemed as a Diabolical Pact, and it is thought he signed this under extreme torture. It is an impressive piece of art written backwards in Latin and containing several mysterious signatures and symbols.
He was found guilty and sentenced to be burned- but not without going through the “extraordinary question” which was essentially water torture. For “Ordinary Question” the accused had 8 pints of water forced into the stomach- with the “Extraordinary Question” it was 16 pints. The latter was only used when the person was going to be immediately killed afterwards. Wow.
You can see the “diabolical pact” here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urbain_Grandier#mediaviewer/File:UrbainPact2.jpg