This book is more or less a journey in the religious and judiciary annals of a bygone
era. The reader discovers how the Intendant and the Bishop conjugated their efforts
in the 17th century to police the colony and to ensure that morals were pure. Edicts,
ordinances, episcopal commandments and civil regulations were promulgated to curb
and stop the too libertine activities of settlers, soldiers and First Nation people.
The “crime against nature” does not go unnoticed: on the contrary, the documents
are there to describe the treatment of buggers. Finally, the book demonstrates how
a colony was administered by an administration heavily influenced by Jansenism and
still marked by the legacy of the Inquisition.