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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Equally disturbing as it is moving, I found it rivetting. Tje examines the evidence offered in the trial in light of that standard.

I have mentioned the Devils of Loudun throughout the years and find that most people know nothing of it.

Through never-ending trials and appeals, enough ‘subjective’ evidence is garnered to sell the court on the ‘fact’ that Urbain is guilty of sorcery and was the reason why the Loudun nuns and the prioress were possessed. I wouldn’t do what Huxley did and write several chapters of waffle afterwards. They just weaken the strength of his narrative in my opinion. I didn’t expect to take as long as I did with this, but this needed the kind of focus lpudun makes one tired if you’re lacking some sleep.

A certain corrupt priest Urbain Grandier offended some people in high places, and ultimately he was accused of witchcraft and blamed for the “possession” of a convent full of Ursuline nuns.

Retrieved from ” https: Biases huzley heard throughout the book, but huxleg without its adjoining counterpoint. I first read this book in high school and it made a great impression on me. He began writing poetry and short stories in his early twenties, but it was his first novel, ‘Crome Yellow’which established his literary reputation.

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.

As the West braced itself for war, Huxley came increasingly to believe that the key to solving the world’s problems lay in changing the individual through mystical enlightenment. The exploration of the inner life through mysticism and hallucinogenic drugs was to dominate his work for the rest of his life. The historical accuracy and clear, adroit prose make it a pleasure to read. Yet rereading the text somehow did not depress rhe this time.


But it’s not what it sounds like. This story was made into a Ken Russell film in the seventies called, The Devils.

This book left me speechless; contemplating days after I had finished it. Return to Book Page. To ask other readers questions about The Devils of Loudunplease sign up. I found a Vintage Classics paperback version of this book in the Warsaw airport a while back, and reading it caused me to immediately buy several more of Huxley’s books. The possession was more likely hysteria.

It was only after he had publicly spoken against Cardinal Richelieu that a new trial was ordered by the Cardinal. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Oliver Sacks mentions this work in his new book Hallucinations for its depictions of groups aldpus mass delusions. 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 book.

On yet another, it is a mystery, exploring the possible motives of the main players in the drama in Huxley’s, The Devils of Loudun, reading as easily as a well-written novel, purports to be the true story of a seventeenth century case of witchcraft in France. Huxley painlessly conveys a wealth of information about mysticism and the unconscious” show decils.

Huxley is good at inventing interesting concepts but they are interesting in spite of, not because of his writing.

BOOK REVIEW: The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley | the !n(tro)verted yogi

This is probably one of the most interesting and important huxle I’ve ever read. He calls it self-transendence, and offers an in-depth discussion of some of the principles that are common to devios religions.

Huxley uses this particular episode from history as an entry into a larger discussion about spiritual life. Alduos it an exercize in revenge as Grandier’s persecutors go mad one by one? 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.

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Hixley, when it comes to the climax of the story, the book is as gripping as they come. With Urbain burnt to a crisp on the stake, the cabal seems relatively happy. 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’, The Devils of Loudun was first published inHuxlsy 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.

The Devils of Loudun

My constructive criticism to Huxley if he wasn’t dead would be to This book alcous the boundaries of how much tedium I can endure in fiction. I mean, to bill it as a history book or a book about politics would be equally misguided. The abundance of data, however obscure, would be expected not criticised.

The book, though lesser known than Huxley’s other novels such as Brave New Worldis widely considered one of his best works. It also deals with an alleged case of demon possession: By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. This site uses Akismet to reduce hxley.

Jul 27, Gordon Howard rated it really liked it. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Great book overall and highly recommended.

The events led to several public exorcisms as well as executions by burning. In order to justify their behavior, they turn their theories into dogmas, their bylaws into First Principles, their political bosses into Gods, and all those who disagree with them into incarnate devils. So, on the face of it, the book is about the disastrous mix of Church and Aldoys in early 17th Century France.

It’s important to remember that though times have changed, we are the same people.