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THE REAL Sebastien Michaelis
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Sebastien Michaelis was a French inquisitor and prior of the Dominican order who lived during the late 16th and early 17th centuries. His Histoire admirable de la possession d'une penitente (1612), includes a classification of demons which has passed into general use in esoteric literature.

Early career
Michaelis was vice-inquisitor in Avignon during the 1580s and was involved in a number of witch trials: a series of cases in 1581 and 1582 led to at least fourteen women being convicted and burnt. In 1587 he published a tract on demons called Pneumalogie: Discours des esprits. By 1610 he was prior of the Dominican community at Saint-Maxim near Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence Possessions
In 1610 Michaelis became involved in a case of demonic possession at the Ursuline convent at Aix-en-Provence. This began when one of the nuns, a young girl of noble birth from Marseilles named Madeleine Demandols de la Palud, was diagnosed as possessed by a local Jesuit, Jean-Baptiste Romillon. Madeleine made accusations against her confessor, Father Louis Gaufridy, who was priest of the parish of the Acoules in Marseilles. She claimed that Gaufridy had sexually enchanted her (the devil having made his breath aphrodisiac), and inducted her into witchcraft, causing her body to be invaded by demons which would only leave when the priest was converted, dead or punished. She claimed her principal demonic occupant to be Beelzebub. Unable to exorcise her, Romillon referred the case to the papal territory of Avignon, and the jurisdiction of Michaelis. Another Dominican, Francois Doncieux (also known by the Latinised name Domptius) served as fellow chief investigator alongside Michaelis.

Other nuns soon confessed to similar possessions, the demons in many cases prompting them to sermonize at length. One nun, Louise Capeau, claimed to speak with the voice of a demon named Verin (or Verrine), and on 27 December 1610 announced the coming of the Apocalypse. Beelzebub, speaking through Madeleine Demandols, maintained there to be a total of 6,660 devils involved in the possession.

Gaufridy was examined for the "devil's mark" by Jacques Fontaine, professor of medicine at the University of Aix, and when in early 1611 the required marks were found (Gaufridy claimed they had been made on him without his knowledge or consent), the priest was arrested under orders from the Parlement of Aix. He confessed while in prison, and on 11 April 1611 he was publicly tortured and burnt at Aix-en-Provence.

Admirable History
Michaelis and Doncieux co-authored a report on the case, Histoire admirable de la possession d'une penitente, which was dedicated to Queen Regent Marie de' Medici. The book contains a detailed hierarchy of devils named by the nuns; many of these demons (often having French names such as Rosier or Oeillet) do not appear in other demonologies, but the extent and systematic ordering of the list has led to its being widely adopted in esoteric circles.

The Gaufridy affair aroused great public interest, and an English translation of Michaelis' work, The Admirable History of Possession and Conversion of a Penitent Woman: Seduced by a Magician that Made Her to Become a Witch was published in 1613 by William Aspley (the translation, by "W.B.", also includes Pneumology, or Discourse of Spirits). In the same year, Michaelis became vicar-general of the Dominican order, and founded its new Paris community.

Later accounts
The nineteenth-century historian Jules Michelet included an account of the Aix case in La Sorciere (1862), known in English as Satanism and Witchcraft. In that book, Gaufridy is referred to as "Gauffridi", and Doncieux as "Doctor Dompt, from Louvain". Michelet's version appears to have served as a source for many subsequent accounts.

more on - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebastien_Michaelis

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uhhhh...
more uhhhhhhhhhh....
wat is tis sppse to be? history? lol
Sebastian is real.. o.o
omg is he like also hot?? XDD
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Neat.
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nice history.
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So the real one was a crazed fanatic...
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there's real sebastian?
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I recently re-read one of my classic novels, Heidi, and I saw that the name of the butler that Mr Sesemann had in the story was also Sebastian, and I laughed.

The info about the real Sebastian is really interesting.
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ow wow.
i have never thought that his name was influenced by this^^
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wow ....a thorough research.....
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SO... the real Michaelis was a demon and witchcraft fanatic :D... I mean, he's involved in possesion cases
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whoah..I thought the author randomly chose a name she liked for Sebastian...didn't think she had done research 8]
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i do not understand...
arrrs.
but i wanna.
can cut it make it simpler???


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yuzihan wrote:



i do not understand...
arrrs.
but i wanna.
can cut it make it simpler???






awwwww.... (this is just my opinion okay) ~ okay to make it short the mangaka aptly name Sebastian after Sebastien Michaelis who was an inquisitor (an organisation or program intended to eliminate heresy and other things frowned on by the Roman Catholic Church) and he was involved in cases of demonic possession... hmmm just like a witch hunt... so its kinda hehehe funny and well she-the mangaka, Toboso Yana, deliberately name his DEMON BUTLER after the famous inquisitor ^^

and well i just looked at up at wiki here a simple and precise explanation:
His name is similar to that of Father Sebastien Michaelis, who compiled a hierarchy of demons in Hell.

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Mina-san, to all who find my research nice and interesting THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! And im glad for all who have read it and yeah - all of your reactions are same as mine when i heard/ read about it... its truly COOL and astounding!

^^ well - our very own Sebastian (Aku made shitsuji desu kara) we can expect great things from him and so is our Ciel Phantomhive... ^^

Thanks again guys^^
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yuna29 wrote:

wow ....a thorough research.....


thanks you^^
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