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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But the novel doesn’t need it. He says there’s no reason to discount the existence of malevolent discorporate conscious entities, or demons, but in this case the corruption of Catholic church makes us doubt their involvement.

Too hard on the past, they were at the same time too complacent about their present and far too optimistic in regard to the future – Excellent book – occasionally gets “into the weeds. Mar 29, Laurabean rated it it was amazing. Nov 03, Rick Diehl rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: There was no point at which I felt as though I was in the midst of a load of spooky b.

The Devils Of Loudun : Aldous Huxley :

At any rate, I’m not doing the book justice. One is simply that it misrepresents the book. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. A priest is falsely accused of cursing a convent of nuns, causing them to be possessed by demons.

The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley

Don’t skip the epilogue – it has some excellent insights on important issues. To ask other readers questions about The Devils of Loudunplease sign up.


Huxley is good at inventing interesting concepts but they are interesting in spite of, not because of his writing. I recently came across the Devils of Loudun again and decided to reread it.

The Devils Of Loudun

There was plenty of reason to believe that Grandier was a less than virtuous fellow e. Non facile, ma caldamente raccomandabile. I read the story of Loudun demonic possessions in so many renderings.

The incident Initially onset by townhood pranksters, turned into political ammunition for taking down a Catholic priest who once considered himself the hierarchy of Loudun.

Through Urbain Grandier’s lustful shortcomings he garners enemies for taking advantage not only the fine prioresses of the region; some of whom are daughters of important men in the clergy, but also manipulating those apart and following the church in a didactic fashion. Readers come away with greater knowledge of the theories of the day as well as modern explanations of what was believed to be supernatural.

Not at all, loudu realize as you read on.

He cites well documented psychic phenomena ESP, for example as evidence of a world beyond the strictly physical world as we understand it. Grandier was probably sexually promiscuous and too insolent to his peers.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. One can not, therefore, rule out the possibility that a will or an intellect can exist on a non-physical level. The self-transcendence is invariably downward into the less than human, the lower than personal. Feb 17, Pete rated it really liked it.

Huxley tells this fascinating story in great detail. Huxlry it lost its way in discussions of spirituality, but characterisation and psychology were sound. Huxley does make references to his ideas and values but they are not essential to his conclusion. He would not succumb to confess that he was a sorcerer yet he had confessed to his earlier crimes against the church. The Catholic church is evil. Huxley died in California on 22nd November Based on a true story.


It’s difficult to show sympathy for Grandier when he seduced and abandoned Philippe after getting her pregnant. The Devils of Loudun came out in the year before The Crucible debuted.

Historically quite interesting in the views of early science, medicine and psychology huxxley of the dominant philosophies of the day – Huxley does well in comparing the ethereal ideas of then with those of his contemporary world fascism, communism, totalitarian concepts.

I cannot recommend it more highly. Huxley opens a vibrant speculative world that, in this book, provides an extended postscript with more of a feeling of aldouss than the sensationalistic, impossibly literal ‘main’ story of Grandier. This book requires much of the reader and makes no concession to popularity. If you like Huxley, 17th Century France, or interested in the history of Catholicism or Theology I would highly recommend this book.

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