The Priest, the Witch

Barbara Wade Rose barbarawaderose@gmail.com 775889289275

GOTHIC HISTORICAL FICTION HORROR

19th Century

Barbara Wade Rose

Logline

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.

Genre

Gothic, Historical Fiction, Horror

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Setting

Cideville, a small town in Normandy, and Paris

Based on a True Story

Yes

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2012

Starting Description

Three parts: the hex, the poltergeist and the trial

Ending Description

The witch, Thorel Felix, loses the trial but escapes to Paris with Eve and his friends where she sets up an apothecary using his treatments. The priest loses custody to Notre Dame of the two boys living with him because he did not report the poltergeist. That day, the poltergeist stops.

Group Specific

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Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

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Mature Audience Themes

Substance Abuse

Plot - Other Elements

Twist

Plot - Premise

Rebellion Against 'The One'

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

Logline

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.

Short Summary

Three parts: the hex, the poltergeist and the trial


The witch, Thorel Felix, loses the trial but escapes to Paris with Eve and his friends where she sets up an apothecary using his treatments. The priest loses custody to Notre Dame of the two boys living with him because he did not report the poltergeist. That day, the poltergeist stops.

Development Pitch

About The Author

Core Theme

Rebellion Against 'The One'

Characters

Main Character

Name: Thorel Felix

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

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

Character 1

Name: Father Lariat

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

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

Character 2

Name: Eve

Age: 25

Gender: Female

Role: Logical

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

Character 3

Name: Robert de Saint Victor

Age: 37

Gender: Male

Role: Skeptic

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

Supplemental Materials

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