Comte de Gabalis , at sacred-texts.com
OThe celebrated French publicist, "regarded as the father of Political Science in France, and if one except Machiavelli, in Europe as well," whose book, "The Republic," "made him the Montesquieu of the sixteenth century." This learned man believed implicitly
in the existence of superphysical spirits, and wrote a book concerning them entitled "D; monomanie des Sorciers." This book was inspired by his having been called upon to assist at the trial of Jean Hervillier, a native of Verbery, near Compiegne, who was burned alive the last of April, 1582.