A witchcraft scandal,
This review is from: The Age of Arsenic
This is the story of Catherine Montvoisin, aka La Voisin, a sorceress in Paris during the reign of King Louis 14th. After her husband's business failed, Montvoisin obtained money by fortune telling, eventually graduating to organizing black masses in which unwanted babies and children were murdered as the participants prayed to Asmodeus. This was a major scandal at the time involving leading members of society and the royal court. The book is sourced from sworn testimony from the Archives of the Bastille prison. In 1679 Montvoisin was arrested and eventually convicted of witchcraft and murder. She was was burned in public on the Place de Grève in Paris on the 22 February 1680.
This book in an interesting and comprehensive history of the 'Affaire des poisons' as the scandal came to be known.