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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Such charms and spells are common to every nation and country, and are practiced by the priests and people of every religion. Could have done with some editing as it does drag in places but certainly a lot to think about. Hxley made this group of nuns behave in such an un-nun-like fashion?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It is very clear and most passages are translated. It’s difficult to show sympathy for Grandier when he seduced and abandoned Philippe revils getting her pregnant. The Catholic church is evil. Inat the height of his fame, Huxley left Europe to live in California, working for a time as a screenwriter in Devols. He spent the latter part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from until his death in Readers come aldpus with greater knowledge of the theories of the day as well as modern explanations of what was believed to be supernatural.

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On a hot August day inFather Urbain Grandier, the priest of the church of Saint Croix in the French city of Loudun was slowly burned alive at the stake for the crimes of sorcery and spell casting as well devuls his responsibility in the possession and corruption of the cities enclosed Ursuline nuns of during what has been come to be known as the Loudun Possessions.

The Devils Of Loudun

An interesting look into the religion, superstition, and power struggles that defined an epoch. Whether aldoua not they’re “demons” proper is sort of beside the point. Review quote “Huxley has reconstructed with skill, learning and horror one of the most appalling incidents in the history of witch-hunting during its seventeenth-century heyday.

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The novel needs a character to eevils to. For most of the s Huxley lived in Italy and an account of his experiences there can be found in ‘Along The Road’ However, Aldous examines the case for which Grandier was tried, not his general character.

It’s not as though he buys the idea of a spritual world without first exploring the possibility that some spiritual experiences are actually manifestations of mental disorders. As the West braced itself for war, Huxley came increasingly to believe that the key to solving the world’s problems lay in changing the individual through mystical enlightenment. Jul 27, Gordon Howard rated it really liked it. At some points, perhaps too much detail. Also be warned that there are stretches in untranslated French including the “dirty parts”.


The context changes, but the gist and the meaning are invariable. They were rationalists who fondly imagined that the decay of traditional religion would put an end to such deviltries as the persecution of heretics, the torture and burning of witches.

The Devils of Loudun

Original Sin he defines in terms of the human capacity for evil, Original Virtue, our capacity for good. Post was not sent – check your email addresses!

Another important thing we see in this book is that however tempting and easy it is, it is very dangerous to trust in the infallibility of authority. Jan 23, Eric added it. It was only after he had publicly spoken against Cardinal Richelieu that a new trial was ordered by the Cardinal.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I wouldn’t do what Huxley did and write several chapters of waffle afterwards. Such an outlandish book. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

To ask other readers questions about The Devils of Loudunplease sign up. 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.

Felt it lost its way in discussions of spirituality, but characterisation and psychology were sound. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.