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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It is a work of completely undocumented sociology, backed up by Huxley’s credit alone. The Devils of Loudun was first published inI think, and when I finished reading it, I thought about all the stuff I read in school, the critical theory that’s come out of the academic community and the religious and political discourse that’s come out sinceand I just felt like something had gone terribly wrong.

Yet rereading the text somehow did not depress me this time.

He would not succumb to confess that he was a sorcerer yet he had confessed to his earlier crimes against the church. Want to Read saving…. Such charms and spells are common to every nation and country, and are practiced by the priests and people of every religion.

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. 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 important books I’ve ever read.

But it’s not what it sounds like. He also approaches a very difficult subject with enormous sympathy, showing a balanced view of all elements of the drama and conjuring a unique portrait of life at this time punctuated with philos Certainly not the easiest of books to read, but beautifully written and an astonishing story so well worth persevering with.

Their decision, the mechanism they thus set in motion, and the karmic fallout are all carefully detailed; and Huxley dwells in a very caring way on this Jesuit mystic who was lucid and capable of profound insight, yet at the same time considered mad by all his colleagues. In Urbain Grandier, a handsome and dissolute priest of the parish of Loudun was tried, tortured and burnt at the stake.


The rest of the community followed suit and for a n hour or two the church looked like a mixture between a bear-garden and a brothel. Doubtless it was Huxley’s ability to juggle big ideas with titillation that made The Devils of Loudun so popular in the late sixties. In a procession originating in his own church, a Canon of Sainte-Croix had a right to walk in front of the Prior of Coussay.

Publisher’s Summary Inov entire convent in the small French village of Loudun was apparently possessed by the devil. He had never met any of these nuns, who were cloistered; and they in turn had never laid eyes on him. The sorcery charge was bunk, and most of the people involved understood this to be the case.

The Devils Of Loudun

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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.

Probably I haven’t read enough. It is multiplicity in isolation from its non-dual Ground. Of their very young Reverend Mother, Huxley writes. For those who are wondering, this read like part story and part book report. Nov 01, Mark rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Retrieved from ” https: Where on Earth Written by: This is probably one of the most interesting and important books I’ve ever read.

A remarkable true story of religious and sexual obsession, The Devils of Loudun is considered by many to be Brave New World author Aldous Huxley’s nonfiction masterpiece.

The story and characters are well-explained in other reviews here, and each stage of the story is bookended by Huxley’s very useful thoughts on the big-picture religious, political, and philosophical context. European History Early Modern History: Also good ole Huxley put a bibliography in the back!


But what happened at Loudun, France, in Richelieu’s palmiest days, was also truly horrific. 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 the 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.

But where was it? Ken Russell’s film adaptation of the book, entitled The Devilsalso deserves note as a fine piece of work which manages to survey all three levels of the narrative outlined above.

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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. The Devils of Loudun came out in the year before The Crucible debuted. It’s the case when a true story is more complex and amazing than any fiction can be. But he made himself a hostage to fortune when, at a religious convention in. A Fable “published I couldn’t quite remember just what it was that did happen.

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Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English loduun and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family. It is to be hoped that you know rather more than you did thirty years ago, that you have become better at weighing, sifting, and measuring your thought. Open Preview See a Problem?