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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I don’t understand how a scene where a guy is wrongly accused of witchcraft and burned alive at the stake can be made so undramatic and dull.

Grandier maintained his innocence to the end and four years after his d In Urbain Grandier, a handsome and dissolute priest of the parish of Loudun was tried, tortured and burnt at the stake. They are actually quite interesting.

The Devils of Loudun

Great book overall and highly recommended. Okay, I read the story of Loudun demonic possessions in so many renderings. Then I would end the novel at, or very briefly after Grandier’s death. In his novel The Devils of Loudun, Aldous Huxley tells the story of the persecution, torture and death of Grandier in an almost l On a hot August day ludunFather Urbain Grandier, the priest of the church of Saint Croix in the French city of Loudun was slowly burned alive at the stake for the crimes of sorcery and spell casting as well as his responsibility in the possession and corruption of the cities enclosed Ursuline nuns of during what has been come to be known as the Loudun Possessions.

At the time I first read this work I was also researching a paper on church doctrine, and had just read an English translation of the Malleus Maleficarum. 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.


At some points, perhaps too much detail. Don’t skip the epilogue – it has some excellent insights on important issues. The Devils of Loudun is a non-fiction novel by Aldous Huxley. Here is the best quote from the sevils.

European History Early Modern History: Decils book, though lesser known than Huxley’s other novels such as Brave New Worldis widely considered one of his best works. It is a notion labelled ‘God’. He says “possession is more often secular than supernatural.

The exploration of the inner life through mysticism and hallucinogenic drugs was to dominate his work for kf rest of his life. There seems to be some fascinating psychology at work in this case. I borrowed it from the library in Galway, Ireland Through painstaking torture, Urbain continues to refuse to admit.

The Devils Of Loudun : Aldous Huxley :

I raised eyebrows at certain ahistorical leanings of this discussion, but huxleyy felt like such a sincere exploration of the human condition that I don’t want to fault it too much. An interesting look into the religion, superstition, and power struggles that defined an epoch.

Jan 01, Jeffrey Taylor rated it it was amazing. 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. Feb 17, Pete rated it really liked it.

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At the time I first read this work I was also researching a paper on chur I first read this book in high school and it made a great impression on me.


Urbain Grandier was a priest burned at the stake at LoudunFrance on 18 August I read the story of Loudun demonic huxpey in so many renderings.

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 aldohs firmly in cheek that makes his writing as much fun as it is.

Not the simple stuff: The book is arranged in 11 longish chapters, largely following a chronological progression of events.

Huxley touches on aspects devips the multiple personality controversy in cases of apparent demonic possession within this book. I love when this type of stuff has been researched and wants to show yo Pretty good! Lastly, people in the 17th century believed crazy things and did awful, cruel things to each other.

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

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. By thinking primarily of evil we tend, however excellent our intentions, to create occasions for evil to manifest itself.