Articles published on The Judge of God :
In the pivotal period of the late 16th and early 17th centuries, France oscillated between the spirit of the Renaissance,
combining discoveries and humanism, and fundamentalism exacerbated by the wars of religion. One seeks logical
explanations for understanding the world, while remaining in the obscurantism that will later be denounced in the Age of Enlightenment.
There must be a "rational" origin for crimes, diseases, bad harvests, disappointed loves...
The Churches will designate the Devil, and the judges will be in charge of finding his agents in the population:
they will be witches and sorcerers.
Against those sorcerers and witches who bring misfortune, such as the terrible plague,
there will be only one punishment: death on pyre.
In Lorraine, Judge Remy will see witches and sorcerers everywhere.
He will take any denunciation as truth and, if need be, will obtain confessions through horrible tortures.
He will boast, in good conscience, of having tortured and burned thousands of people.
This fascinating novel plunges us into this tragic period where, in an alert style,
Viviane Janouin-Benanti brings Judge Rémy and some of his victims back to life. An engaging and enriching book,
also giving food for thought on the constant need to look for scapegoats in the face of illnesses and events
that are not well understood…
CDL 44, March 2020.
A book of high-quality, written in French.
Paperback book: 300 pages, Euros 10.
E-book at: Euros 3,99.