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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I mean, it’s not like he’s just saying “most religions say that murder is wrong. It is multiplicity in isolation from its non-dual Ground.

European History Early Modern History: I have since discovered my second copy of the book, a Book of the Month Club Edition, no less. He didn’t see what was coming until it was upon him.

It is that less abundant life, which is lived according to the dictates of the insulated self. Nov 03, Rick Diehl rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The Devils of Loudun came out in the year before The Crucible debuted. But it’s not what it sounds like. 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.

Writing after World War II, amid the Red Scare, Huxley explores the texture of life in the early modern era while drawing implicit parallels to his own day. Le Guin Narrated by: Paperbackpages. Loudunn abundance of data, however obscure, would be expected not criticised.

Huxley is not held back by their silence, but appears to welcome the chance to fill in the devile. Guy Montag is a fireman. The Devils of Loudun is a fascinating historical account, written like a fiction, detailing a scandalous affair in s France. I will not recapitulate the gruesome details here, but only attest that they are related with the surest of hands.


He is, after all, a skilled novelist. Urbain Grandier Loudun possessions.

He also devotes considerable attention to matters of law, doctrine, et cetera. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.

The Devils of Loudun

It is with a prank that Grandier’s doom is sealed. When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

It is a very clever book, sometimes too clever. Original Sin he defines in terms of the human capacity for evil, Original Virtue, our capacity for good. I love when this type of stuff has been researched and wants to show yo Pretty good! 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 was lucid and capable of profound insight, yet at the same time considered mad by all his colleagues.

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. 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 philos Certainly not the easiest of books to read, but beautifully written and an astonishing story so well worth persevering with.

I love when this type of stuff has been researched and wants to show you where they found it. But the extrusion of such material, while it makes the lurid and entertaining story respectable, has more than a whiff of the cult about it. Fr Grandier had many enemies, however, in Loudun.

There is no reason to believe that all such wills that all “entities” existing outside the physical world as we know it are well meaning and nice. It was only after he had publicly spoken against Cardinal Richelieu that a new trial was ordered by the Cardinal.


The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley

It speaks to a reader devoted to truth and careful analysis who holds the author and the reader to superlative standards. View all 5 comments. Huxley’s vivid account of this bizarre tale of religious and sexual obsession transforms our understanding of the medieval world. No historian would be allowed to recreate the likely course of events in which Jeanne, indulging in parlor gossip with pious visitors, learned of Grandier’s reputation and conceived a crush on the beneficed swordsman.

He doesn’t to believe that there was ever any good reason to believe that it occurred. Obscurely, we know who we really are. Ken Russell’s film adaptation of the book, entitled The Devilsalso deserves note as a fine piece of work which manages to survey all three levels of the narrative outlined above. However, Aldous examines the case for which Grandier was tried, not his general character.

A second strand of this chapter weaves in literary criticism, observing, correctly, that seventeenth-century poets took little interest in natural phenomena. 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 koudun as to which devils it is referring, metaphysical devils, or the ordained criminals in the catholic church charged with exorcising them.

The Devils Of Loudun

Not the simple stuff: Many of the things that I know about the architect of the French state I heard here first. I was as happy to close the book as any kid on the last day of class. The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley.