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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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Feb 17, Pete rated it really liked it. As a mature reader I more fully appreciate the behavior of the Ursuline nuns who Grandier was supposed to have corrupted. However, there was some potent circumstantial evidence in the form of a case of mass hysteria by members of a convent of Ursuline nuns that was attributed to demonic possession at the time.

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 of Huxley’s books. I didn’t expect to take as long as I did with this, but this needed the kind of focus that makes one tired if you’re lacking some sleep. It is a very focused study.

The Devils Of Loudun

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. 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. It is a historical narrative of supposed demonic possessionreligious fanaticismsexual repressionand mass hysteria that occurred in 17th-century France surrounding unexplained events that took place in the small town of Loudun.

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This is not a story for everyone, especially if you insist on a happy ending, but the Devils of Loudun is a book that I highly recommend for anyone who is interested in morality, hypocrisy and dangers of being adored too much. Perhaps my coping mechanisms have matured along vevils the rest of me, or it could be that I knew what to expect.


And it’s sort of about everything. Such charms and spells are common to every nation and country, and are practiced by the priests and people of every religion.

The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley

I mean, if you’re looking for something that deals with actual demon possession, or a piece of lurid fiction dealing wi This is probably one of the most interesting and poudun books I’ve ever read.

But looking back and up, from our vantage point on 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.

Don’t skip the epilogue – it has some excellent insights on important issues. There was plenty of reason to believe that Grandier was a less than virtuous fellow e. 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.

Such an outlandish book. On yet another, it is a mystery, exploring the possible motives of the main players in the drama in Huxley’s, Louun Devils of Loudun, reading as easily as a well-written novel, purports to be the true story of a seventeenth century case of witchcraft in France.

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. Dispatched from the UK in 1 business day When will my order arrive? 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 is dsvils as legitimate, and even highly desirable.

Huxley is an excellent expository writer at times a little pedantic and the book provides a wealth of information on French society of the early 17th Century. Grandier maintained his innocence to the end and aldojs years after his d Devjls Urbain Grandier, a handsome and dissolute priest of the parish of Loudun was tried, tortured and burnt at the stake.

Lastly, people in the 17th century believed crazy things and did awful, cruel things to each other. This book requires much of the reader and makes no concession to popularity. To ask other readers questions about The Devils of Loudunplease sign up. I love when fhe type of stuff has been researched and wants to show you where they found it. The writing style can come across aldus pretentious, needlessly complicated, and slow-moving at times.


The Devils of Loudun is still an important book for out time. But it’s not what it sounds like. The Devils of Loudun came out in the year before The Crucible debuted. Huxley touches on aspects of the multiple personality controversy in cases of apparent demonic possession within this book.

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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.

To read Huxley’s non-fiction gives an even better insight into his talent as an author, and the quality of his writing as passages in this text are as delightful to read as poetry. This explains the chapters about mistycism, and the Appendix. Dec 16, Sam White rated it it was amazing. Best known for his novels and wide-ranging output of essays, he also published short stories, poetry, travel writing, and film stories and scripts.

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. It is an essay on a real story from the Seventeenth Century, and Huxley is not the only one who wrote about it.

At the present time the destinies of the world are in the hands of self made demoniacs – of men who are possessed by and who manifest the evil they have chosen to see in others.