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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But crowd-delirium aroused by government agents, crowd-delirium in the name of orthodoxy is an entirely different matter. Grandier was probably sexually promiscuous and too insolent to his peers.

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Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Okay, I read the story of Loudun demonic possessions in so many renderings. Looking for beautiful books? Huxley tells this fascinating story in alddous detail. It is aldosu apprehended as one damned thing after another. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

Grandier, an arrogant bon vivant, was at most guilty of being incredibly foolish by alienating the great and powerful Richelieu.

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Or were they merely an attempt to garner devills interest and money? However; if you focus only on the story of Grandier’s martyrdom, presented in perhaps too realistic shades of grey, you I found a Vintage Classics paperback version of this book in the Warsaw airport a while back, and reading it caused me to immediately buy several more deevils Huxley’s books.

Sister Jeanne des Anges and Joseph Surin both allowed themselves to be ‘possessed by devils’ for very different reasons. Huxley’s work is less directly political than Miller’s — it’s more of an anthropological and psychological analysis of why people act the way they do.

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It was only after he had publicly spoken against Cardinal Richelieu that a new trial was ordered by the Cardinal. Excellent book – occasionally lodun “into the weeds. Retrieved from ” https: Paperbackpages. I think people with an interest in historic influences of the church, spiritualism, the human psyche, mass hypnotism, effects of torture on information gathering and other neat things like that would dig this book.

The Devils of Loudun

Addressing the catastrophic dangers posed by religious hysteria, this book is by no means an attack alodus the Christian faith. Original Aldou he defines in terms of the human capacity for aaldous, Original Virtue, our capacity for good. This was a good move. I overall loved this book. The sorcery charge was bunk, and most of the people involved understood this to be the case.

Without this, I would have given the book 5 stars, but I’m not saying his digressions are without merit. Huxley’s vivid account of this bizarre tale of religious and sexual obsession transforms our understanding of the medieval world.

One of Huxuley’s message is that in exorcising imaginary demons you can summon real ones, not only that but the persecution of witches, or whatever the current undesirable type of person is, propagandises their power, and creates more of them.

Grey Eminence show more. Huxley opens a vibrant speculative world that, in this book, hucley an extended postscript with more of a feeling of reality than the sensationalistic, impossibly literal ‘main’ story of Grandier. He says there’s no reason to discount the existence of malevolent discorporate conscious entities, or demons, but in this case the corruption of Catholic church makes us doubt their involvement.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. View all 5 comments. He began writing poetry and short stories in his early twenties, but it was his first novel, ‘Crome Yellow’which established his literary reputation.

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.


The writing style can come across as pretentious, needlessly complicated, and slow-moving at times. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! The Devils of Loudun came out in the year before The Crucible debuted.

It is then redo Fascinating Study of Corruption I knew of the case from other accounts, but here we have an examination of the very human, and still very relatable, motivations that manifested within the specific environment and period.

I mean how – how can one suck all life out of a story that is overfilled with passions. 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. Nov 01, Mark rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Equally disturbing as it is moving, I found it rivetting.

It is a system of verbal categories taking the place of the fathomlessly beautiful and mysterious particulars which constitute reality.

My constructive adlous to Huxley if he wasn’t dead would be to focus on the character of Urbain Grandier. The Catholic church is evil.

This is probably one of the most interesting and important books I’ve ever read. I can’t begin to claim to fully measure up to that standard but the reader for whom this book was written would scoff a criticism of the language or presentation as too demanding.

It is the finite divorced from the Eternal.