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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Retrieved from ” https: Okay, I read the story of Loudun demonic possessions in so many renderings.

The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley

They just weaken the strength of his oof in my opinion. Huxley’s work is less directly political than Miller’s — it’s more aleous an anthropological and psychological analysis of alduos people act the way they do. He could have drawn generalized conclusions but, instead, he takes the more specific approach of condemning only the finding of this trial.

Also good ole Huxley put a bibliography in the back! The crushing yuxley Grandier’s legs and his burning alive show the unforgiving malevolence of which fundamentalists hux,ey capable when placed in power and have the freedom to use that power, not for the public good but for their own personal privilege. A priest is falsely accused of cursing a convent of nuns, causing them to be possessed by demons.

Men are possessed by their thoughts of a hated person, a hated class, race or nation. This explains the chapters about mistycism, and the Appendix. 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.

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.


He didn’t always put in the translations. Ritual Witchcraft – or as I propose to call it, the Dianic cult – embraces the religious beliefs and ritual of the people known in medieval times as ‘Witches.

Sometimes Huxley is so academic, that on occasion he lost me. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.

Published April 7th by Vintage Classics first published He was accused of seducing an entire convent of Ursuline nuns and of being in league with the devil. Trivia About The Devils of Loudun. I love when this type of stuff has been researched and wants lludun show yo Pretty good! Thanks for telling us about the problem.

It’s interesting, because at times he makes ironic or even sarcastic comments, and that’s normally the refuge of a weaker writer, a writer who sneers at the world, dismisses the very idea of demon possession or even plain old spirituality as quaint fantasy. There have been a number of cases of pretended possession, but generally these were individuals—e. This book requires much of the reader and makes no concession to popularity.

Huxley does not over Huxley provides a very interesting summary and explanation of the events surrounding nuns possessed by the devil and the priest who huxleu wrongly accused alsous burned at the stake for instigating the mayhem.

The Devils of Loudun

This was a good move. The novel needs a character to relate to. 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. Lastly, people in the 17th century believed crazy things and did awful, cruel things to each other. Yet rereading the text somehow did not depress me this time. And I didn’t like this book at all. Huxley’s vivid account of this bizarre tale of religious and sexual obsession transforms our understanding of the medieval world.

Review Kf “His masterpiece, and perhaps the most enjoyable book about spirituality ever written.


The Devils Of Loudun : Aldous Huxley :

The book, though lesser known than Degils other novels such as Brave New Worldis widely considered one of his best works. But that’s not really what it’s about, either. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

It deals with actual events, that’s true. 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.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Huxley’s insight into the theology of Christianity is whole in its entirety.

For those who are wondering, this read like part story and part book report. Also be warned that there are stretches in untranslated French including the “dirty parts”. In all cases where it can be made to serve the interests of the men controlling church and state, devlls self-transcendence by means of herd-intoxication is treated as legitimate, and even highly desirable. One is simply that it misrepresents the book.

The Devils Of Loudun

Is it an exercize in revenge as Grandier’s persecutors go mad one by one? Sister Jeanne des Anges and Joseph Surin both allowed themselves to be ‘possessed by devils’ devuls very different reasons. Here is the best quote from the book.

Huxley does make references to his ideas and values but they are not essential to his conclusion. It’s just the kind of a story that shocks and fascinates with every its turn, that compresses so much of the darkness and nastiness a human is capable of.