The Flowers of Evil: Satanic Feminists of Bohemian Paris –Berthe de Courrière

by Ezra Buckley on September 6, 2017

Fin de Siècle Paris was a city in the midst of transformation. Life was in transition and nothing could hold its mercurial energy at bay. The previous century had seen the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution, and what would come to be known as the first wave of feminism was in full swing. The so-called “New Women” were becoming increasingly visible, feminists striking out to claim their independence. The old notions of religion and morality were being turned on their heads and progress left no convention untouched.

In the midst of this maelstrom of social upheaval there could be found a darker, more esoteric current. At the end of the age of Enlightenment a new-found devotion to the esoteric and the occult welled up from the popular consciousness. This was the age of the Symbolists, the Decadents, Spiritualism, Rosicrucianism, and Satanism. From this milieu a new type of woman emerged, a woman who would not be defined by piety and obedience. These were women who embraced the spirit of the rebel angel; these were satanic feminists.

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