The Priest, the Witch

Barbara Wade Rose 775889289275


19th Century

Barbara Wade Rose

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The true story of the 1851 Cideville witch trial lies buried in history. A witch named Thorel Felix, in revenge for the jailing of his coven leader, pronounced a hex upon two adolescent boys who lived with Father Jean Lariat in Cideville, France. Soon strange noises began in Lariat's parsonage. First he forced Felix to apologize to the boys. A local seigneur, Robert de Saint Martin, devised experiments to determine the poltergeist's source. Then Lariat and another priest tried an exorcism without success and a well-known occultist, the Marquis de Foursin, performed séances. Finally Father Lariat, half-crazed by the relentless noise, went to the farm where Felix was a shepherd and beat the witch to the ground. He thought he had won. But Felix struggled to his feet and pronounced upon Lariat the most modern of hexes: "I sue you. I sue you for slander and assault." What followed may be history's only trial where a witch was the plaintiff, not the defendant. The Priest, the Witch and the Poltergeist is a novel based on this incredible story. It brings to life the battle between Felix and Lariat and tells of the witch's meeting maid Eve Thérigny of the seigneur's estate, who fell in love with his subversive courage. And it just may be that the causes of the poltergeist are stranger than anyone living during the Industrial Revolution could foresee.


Gothic, Historical Fiction, Horror

Short Summary

Three parts: the hex, the poltergeist and the trial


Cideville, a small town in Normandy, and Paris

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Rebellion Against 'The One'

Plot - Other Elements


Mature Audience Themes

Substance Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Thorel Felix

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Blunt, Crazy, Heartthrob, Masculine, Secretive, Uneducated, Lone Wolf, Perseverance, Underdog

Additional Character Details

Name: Father Lariat

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Decisive, Educated, Manipulative, Strong Moral Code, Desperate, Greedy, Insecure, Power-hungry, Religious

Additional Character Details

Name: Eve

Age: 25

Gender: Female

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Adventurous, Beautiful, Desperate, Faithful, Heroic, Romantic, Skillful, Underdog, Complex, Modest, Perseverance

Additional Character Details

Name: Robert de Saint Victor

Age: 37

Gender: Male

Role: Skeptic

Key Traits: Modest, Strong Moral Code, Complex, Confident, Decisive, Educated, Honorable, Leader

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2012

Hard Copy Available



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