City of Light, City of Poison

City of Light, City of Poison

Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris


Hardback334pp Illustrated232x155mm

9780393239782     Product Code: 510302


In 1667 the lawyer Nicolas de La Reynie was appointed by Louis XIV as the first lieutenant general of Paris, with far-reaching powers to combat the city’s filth, violence and organized crime. Based on court transcripts and La Reynie’s extensive notes, this account of his work describes not only projects for installing street lighting and cleaning pavements but also his shocking discovery of a cabal of poisoners, witches and renegade priests whose malign influence reached deep into the Sun King’s court.

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