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By Dale Peterson

ISBN-10: 0822934442

ISBN-13: 9780822934448

A guy desperately attempts to maintain his pact with the satan, a lady is imprisoned in an insane asylum through her husband due to spiritual variations, and, at the testimony of a trifling stranger, “a London citizen” is sentenced to a personal madhouse. This anthology of writings through mad and allegedly mad humans is a complete review of the heritage of psychological disease for the earlier years-from the perspective of the sufferers themselves.

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He begged to be sent to the Shrine of the Most Blessed Virgin at Zellotherwise known as Mariazell-to be exorcised. The prefect sent him to Mariazell, where for three days and nights the exorcist, Father Sebastian Meitinger, ordered the Devil to appear at the Altar of the Virgin to return the written pact and restore Haizmann. At midnight of the third day, the day of the Feast of the Nativity, Haizmann saw the Devil at the altar, holding the piece of paper on which the first pact was written. Haizmann broke loose from the grasp of the priests around him and tore the scrap of paper out of the Devil's hands.

From this Perswasion, that 1 had been guilty of the Sin against the Holy-Ghost, I was fill'd with grievous Horrour and Anguish, with great Anxiety and sinking Despair; and then went forth in the Outward Room with my Cloaths hanging about me, and some of them off. ) and in a distracted manner cry'd out, I have committed the Sin against the Holy-Ghost, and I must necessarily be Damn'd. I begg'd she would lend me a Pair of Scissars to cut off my Hair; but she fearing a worse Use (as I suppose) would be made of them than I pretended, refus'd my Request.

And all attended with great Temptations to undo my self. Sometimes I continu'd in the Bed all the Day: Sometimes they put Bolts upon my Hands and Fetters on my Feet, when I prov'd violent and unruly (which I often did); for I would often strive and fight, contending with my utmost Strength, to get away from them, and so to free my self from that Place, which I thought to have been Hell, and from those Persons whom I thought to have been Tormentors. When I was thus outragious at any Time, then would they throw me upon the Bed, and thus put Bolts upon me; and there should I lie in great Pain and Weariness 'till I could well endure it no longer; then should I desire to be releas'd and promise to be quiet.

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