The Devils Of Loudun . Huxley’s vivid account of this bizarre tale of religious and sexual obsession transforms our understanding of the medieval world. The Devils of Loudun: Aldous Huxley: most important later works are The Devils of Loudun (), a detailed psychological study of a historical incident in . A remarkable true story of religious and sexual obsession, The Devils of Loudon is considered by many to be Brave New World author Aldous.

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This is all very entertaining. Technically the parson’s position was unassailable.

Then he was burned at the stake for witchcraft. 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 But that’s dsvils really what it’s about, either. While I am not a student of the spiritual, I suspect that much of Huxley’s terminology is decils or defunct.

Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles with Project Gutenberg links. After oludun sensational and celebrated trial, the convent’s charismatic priest Urban Grandier – accused of spiritually and sexually seducing the nuns in his charge – was convicted of being in league with Satan. 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. In all cases where it can be made to serve the interests of the men controlling church and state, downward self-transcendence by means of herd-intoxication loudunn treated as legitimate, and even highly desirable.

Huxley is one of those authors I just did not appreciate as a young man, but have come to find with age is a writer who not only has a great mind and important things to say about the state of humanity and hkxley power of the “soul”, but does so with a dark and wicked tongue stuck firmly in cheek that makes his writing as much fun as it is.


The Devils Of Loudun

Huxley died in California on 22nd November It is a non-fiction novel that also expounds metaphysical philosophies. I mean, it’s too bad more people haven’t read or even heard of it. He faced an ecclesiastical tribunal and was acquitted. None of these factors will carry the slightest weight for other readers, and I point them out in a form of anti-recommendation. Greatly edified, the prince declared that doubt was no longer possible Description In Urbain Grandier, a handsome and dissolute priest of the parish of Loudun was tried, tortured and burnt at the stake.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The crushing of Grandier’s legs and his burning alive show the unforgiving malevolence of which fundamentalists are capable when placed in power and have the freedom to use that power, not for the public good but for their own personal privilege. At any rate, I’m not doing the book justice.

The Devils of Loudun

This is a huxleyy novel, based on historical evidence, but embellished by Aldous Huxley’s notions of what the people involved thought and experienced. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. However, Aldous examines the case for which Grandier was tried, not his general character.

Here is the best quote from the book.

The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley

The ways in which The Devils of Loudun have and haven’t changed strike me as providing a useful measure of what’s valuable about the book, and what’s not. Huxley uses this particular episode from history as an entry into a larger discussion about spiritual life. He may have been expressing the best views ofbut medicine, very happily, has eclipsed his thinking on this subject forever.


The book, though lesser known than Huxley’s other novels such as Brave New Worldis widely considered one of his best works.

He simply took advantage of something that came along, and then exploited it to demonstrate his own power.

I don’t understand how a scene where a guy is wrongly accused of witchcraft and burned alive at the stake can be made so undramatic and dull. Huxley does make references to his ideas and values but they are not essential to his conclusion.

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This idolatrous transformation of lourun relative into the Absolute and the all to human into the Divine, makes it possible for them to revils their ugliest passions with a clear conscience and in the certainty that they are working for the Highest Good. Huxley made a deep survey into the theology o This book requires much of the reader and makes no concession to popularity.

Grandier maintained his innocence to the end and four years after his death the nuns were still being huxlet to exorcisms to free them from their demonic bondage. Great book overall and highly recommended.

Huxley was a humanist but was also interested towards the end of his life in spiritual subjects such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism. Copyright c Pourover Press Write to me. It is a work of completely undocumented sociology, backed up by Huxley’s credit alone. Retrieved 29 March Captivating History Narrated by: Also be warned that there are stretches in untranslated French including the “dirty parts”.