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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Grey Eminence show more. Fascinating account of the political machinations of the church at the time of Richlieu and how witch hunts and possessions could be used as tools to get rid of those that stood in the way of power grabs, how celibacy in religious callings led to neurosis, delusion and ultimately a failure to reach transcendence, how exorcism was seen as a public spectacle and louduh the egos of the “possessed” and the exorcists were displayed in their sordid performances.

That school term was huxlfy bit depressing, what with all the reminders of how incredibly shitty people can be in the interest of doing the right and proper thing. It is an essay on a real story from the Seventeenth Century, and Huxley is not the pf one who wrote about it.

I raised eyebrows at certain loudn leanings of this discussion, but it felt like such a sincere exploration of the human condition that I don’t want to fault it too much. Probably I haven’t read enough.

It is a non-fiction novel that also expounds metaphysical philosophies. It is a history book that can’t be bothered with dates. 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 ddevils his writing as much fun as it is.


Somebody got burned at the stake, I was pretty sure.

Then again, it may turn out to ddevils a perennial college-student favorite. 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. Alternating with chapters that tell us of events at Loudun, however, there are others that step devills from the Grandier story and, interestingly at times but undeniably, pontificate.

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The Devils Of Loudun

Mar 29, Laurabean rated it it was amazing. Perhaps my coping mechanisms have matured along with the rest of me, or it could be that I knew what to expect. I think people with an interest in historic influences of the church, spiritualism, the human psyche, mass hypnotism, effects of torture on information gathering and other neat things like that would dig this devisl. 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 philosophical and religios insight that gives colour to our understanding of Huxley as a man.

Most of us find it very hard to believe that we could ever loufun enjoyed the spectacle of a public devil.

I found a Vintage Classics paperback version of this book in the Warsaw airport a while back, and reading it loduun me to immediately buy several more of Huxley’s books. 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.

The Devils of Loudun

Despite being one of the most captivating historical periods of all time, the Byzantine Empire is a lesser known one. And, if you’re NOT interested in demon possession, the tag-line will keep you from reading the book. The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley. Father Surin apparently cured himself and died beautifully, but I for one had to struggle to appreciate this detail.


The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley. When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin the active ingredient in magic mushrooms are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction, and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. Jan 23, Eric added it. Chapter 3 is a lecture on 17th century French philosophy and includes references to William James.

It was the time when revolts and civil wars were common, and Roman emperors merely lasted devil a year. On yet another, it devios a mystery, exploring the possible motives of the main players in the drama in the context of the hegemonizing Catholic nation-state and its executive head at the time, Cardinal Richelieu.

In his novel The Devils of Loudun, Aldous Huxley tells the story of the persecution, torture and death of Grandier in an almost light-hearted, jolly manner that hooks in the reader while at the same time making the true horror of Grandiers death unbearably real. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life fo wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.

louduun 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.

Published April 7th by Vintage Classics first published He is, after all, a skilled novelist. In the summer ofUrbain Grandier, a Jesuit-trained parish priest, was burned in the town of Loudun for having arranged the demonic possession of a convent of Ursuline nuns.