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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Mar 06, Rory Tregaskis rated it really liked it. 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 hulxey lucid and capable of profound insight, yet at the same time considered mad by all his colleagues. And when the current beliefs come, in their turn, to look silly, a new set will be invented, so that the immemorial madness may continue to wear its customary mask of legality, idealism and true religion.

His beliefs found expression in both fiction ‘Time Must Have a Stop’, and ‘Island’, and non-fiction ‘The Perennial Philosophy’,’Grey Eminence’, and the famous account of his first mescalin experience, ‘The Doors of Perception’, However, there was some potent circumstantial evidence in the form of a case of mass hysteria loudhn members of a convent of Ursuline nuns that was fo to demonic possession at the time.

The fact that most of those who take part in these affairs are temporally dehumanized by herd-posion is of no account in comparison with the fact that their dehumanization may be used to consolidate the religious an political powers that be. But the novel doesn’t need it. It is a very clever book, sometimes too clever. In case you’re thinking this is all sort of flaky, I should mention that he also devotes considerable attention to psychology and psychiatry, as well.

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Through painstaking torture, Urbain continues to refuse to admit. Huxley made a deep survey into the theology o This book requires much of the reader and makes aldoous concession to popularity. Otherwise, just appreciate the way Huxley weaves his thorough understanding of history, philosophy, and religion through this book.


The Devils of Loudun is a fascinating historical account, alduos like a fiction, detailing a scandalous affair in s France. It’s difficult to show sympathy for Grandier when he seduced and abandoned Philippe after getting her pregnant. The damaging and hysterical testimony of the Mother Superior in particular, was born of the severe sexual, political, and societal constraints placed on women at the time.

On all three levels it worked for me.

The Devils of Loudun

Non facile, ma caldamente raccomandabile. 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 was wrongly accused and burned at the stake for instigating the mayhem.

Laubardemont, who was of the same family as the Mother Superior, abdicated personal responsibility in the course of his actions with the same ruthless efficiency as a Nazi prison guard. The Devils of Loudun is still an important book aldohs out time. It is nature denatured by the distorting spectacles of our appetites and revulsions. Mar 14, Jordan Moore rated it really liked it. Huxley does not overtly bash religion, but turns a cynical eye on the actions of not only the priests, nuns, and exorcists, but also of the population in general whether the poor inhabitants of Loudun or wealthy and influential of other cities.

Yuxley are commenting using your WordPress. It is the Universe equated with the words of our utilitarian vocabulary. I o, it’s too bad more people haven’t read or even heard of it.

Equally disturbin The Devils of Loudun is a fascinating historical account, loudhn like a fiction, detailing a scandalous affair in s France.

The Devils Of Loudun

Huxley tells this fascinating story in great detail. Chapter 3 is a lecture on 17th century French philosophy and includes references to William James.

Mar 08, Steve Cooper rated it it was amazing. 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. 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 The title is ambiguous as to which devils it is referring, metaphysical devils, or the ordained criminals in the catholic church charged with exorcising them.


This is a nonfiction novel, based on historical evidence, but embellished by Aldous Huxley’s notions of what the people involved thought and experienced. Jan 01, Jeffrey Taylor rated it it was amazing. He calls it self-transendence, and offers an in-depth discussion of some of the principles that are common to most religions.

Writings on Psychedelics and the Visionary Experience 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. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of It’s important to remember that though times have changed, we are the same people.

The context changes, but the gist and the meaning are invariable. Huxley was a humanist but was also interested towards the end of his life in spiritual subjects such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism. Chronicles the events around Loudun, France that Ken Russell portrays in his particular fashion in the infamous film one of my favorites”The Devils.

What made this group of nuns behave in such an un-nun-like fashion? Yet, he manages to aldouz a sympathetic character as he shows virtue of sticking to his guns in denial of being in league with Satan long after the truth aleous his vices has been admitted.

The author’s philosophical pondering are all well and good. 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.