The Devils Of Loudun . Aldous Huxley He had been found guilty of conspiring with the devil to seduce an entire convent of nuns in what was the most. HUXLEY’S MASTERPIECE AND PERHAPS THE MOST ENJOYABLE BOOK ABOUT SPIRITUALITY EVER WRITTEN..” — Washington Post Book WorldAldous. The Devils of Loudun: Aldous Huxley: most important later works are The Devils of Loudun (), a detailed psychological study of a historical incident in .

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Through his novels and essays Huxley functioned as an examiner and sometimes critic of social mores, norms and ideals.

Huxley does not over Huxley provides a very interesting summary and explanation of the events surrounding nuns possessed decils the devil and the priest who was wrongly accused and burned at the stake for instigating the mayhem. Were the exorcisms really an attempt by concerned priests to save the souls huuxley the nuns? This idolatrous transformation of the relative into the Absolute and the all to human into the Divine, makes it possible for them to indulge their ugliest passions with a clear conscience and in the certainty that they are working for the Highest Good.

The Devils Of Loudun

With Urbain burnt to a crisp on the stake, the cabal seems relatively happy. That school term was a bit depressing, what with all the reminders of how incredibly shitty people can be in the interest of doing the right and proper thing. Some wonderfully dark, comedic touches throughout e. Through never-ending trials and appeals, enough ‘subjective’ evidence is garnered to sell the court on the ‘fact’ that Urbain is guilty of sorcery and was the reason why the Loudun nuns and the prioress were possessed.

And it’s all framed by this fascinating story about this priest and this convent and the political and personal intrigues that came together surrounding them. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.

The Devils of Loudun

Review quote “Huxley has reconstructed with skill, learning and horror one of the louun appalling incidents in the history of witch-hunting during its seventeenth-century heyday. Then I would end the novel at, or very briefly after Grandier’s death. Politics, religion, spirituality, psychology, philosophy, history, society, art, justice, responsibility, sexuality, nature: Grandier was probably sexually promiscuous and too insolent to his peers.


Lastly, people in the 17th century believed crazy things and did awful, cruel things to each other. This explains the chapters about mistycism, and deviils Appendix. Through his novels and es Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family.

He didn’t always put in the translations. And it ends strong with the Epilogue.

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Open Preview See a Problem? The Devils of Loudun came out in the year before The Crucible debuted. The Catholic church is evil. European History Early Modern History: The Devils of Loudun is still an important book for out time. The fact that most of those who take part in these affairs are temporally dehumanized by herd-posion is of no account in comparison with the fact that their dehumanization may be used to consolidate the religious an political powers that be.

I read the huxleyy of Loudun demonic possessions in so many renderings. One day I’ll have to find the movie based on this book by Ken Russell. This story was made into a Ken Russell film in the seventies called, The Devils.

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Grandier maintained his innocence to the end and four years after his death the nuns were still being subjected to exorcisms to free them from their demonic bondage.

This was a good move. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. But looking back and up, from our vantage point aldosu the descending road of modern history, we now see that all the evils of religion can flourish without any belief in the supernatural, that convinced materialists are ready to worship their own jerry-built creations as though they were the Absolute, and that self-styled humanists will persecute their adversaries with all the zeal of Inquisitors exterminating the devotees of a personal and transcendent Satan.

The Devils of Loudun is a fascinating historical account, written like a fiction, detailing a scandalous affair in s France.

On yet another, it is a mystery, exploring the possible motives of the main players in the drama in the context of the hegemonizing Catholic nation-state and its executive head at the time, Cardinal Richelieu.


Maybe I just haven’t read enough. Apparently, the assumption was that the reader would have a basic competency in these languages. He was tortured, found guilty and executed by being burnt alive but never admitted guilt.

Mar 06, Aldpus Tregaskis rated it really liked it. A Fable “published Whether or not they’re “demons” proper is sort of beside the point. The author’s philosophical pondering are all well and good. Retrieved from ” https: It is an essay on a real story from the Seventeenth Century, and Huxley is not the only one who wrote about it. Huxley provides a very interesting summary and explanation of the events surrounding nuns possessed by the devil and juxley priest who was wrongly accused and burned at the stake for instigating the mayhem.

Rather, it is an incredibly insightful meditation on the pious life, the ordeals of the devout, and the mysterious workings of God. For most of the s Huxley lived in Italy and an account of his experiences there can be found in ‘Along The Road’ Don’t skip the epilogue – it has some excellent insights on important issues.

Under Operative Witchcraft I class all charms and spells, whether used by a professed witch or professed Christian, whether intended for good or evil, for killing or curing. He would not succumb to confess that he was a sorcerer yet he had confessed to lloudun earlier crimes against the aldus.

Too hard on the past, they were at the same time too complacent about their present and far too optimistic in regard to the future – Excellent book – occasionally gets “into the weeds. The exploration of the inner life through mysticism and hallucinogenic drugs was to dominate his work for the rest of his life.

In telling the grotesque, bawdy and true story of a 17th-century convent of cloistered French nuns who contrived to have a priest they never met burned alive By the end of his life, Huxley was widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent intellectuals of his time.