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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Huxley painlessly conveys a wealth of information about mysticism and the unconscious” show more.

Chapter Five covers witchcraft; Chapter Seven, madness. The nuns in the tale are equally sordid. The novel needs a character to relate to. I wouldn’t do what Huxley did and write several chapters of waffle afterwards.

On a hot August day inFather 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. Brave New World Written by: It is nature denatured by the distorting spectacles of our appetites and revulsions.

He cites well documented psychic phenomena ESP, for example as evidence of a world beyond the strictly physical world as we understand it. Maybe I just haven’t read enough. The romance of Soeur Jeanne, if held in the right light, assumes a comic aspect.

One of the best I have read this year.

The Devils Of Loudun

The Devils of Loudunin other words, consists of rather different devills parts, some of which have aged better than others. Obscurely, we know who we really are.

The crushing of Grandier’s legs and his burning alive show the unforgiving malevolence of which fundamentalists are capable when placed in power and have the freedom to use that power, not for the public good but for their own personal privilege.

And authors need to remember, their readers aren’t always as clever as them, so doing things like devis verses of French poetry and not bothering to translate it is a bit of a wanky thing to do. Huxley’s work is less directly political than Miller’s — it’s more of an anthropological and psychological analysis of why people act the way they do. Through painstaking torture, Urbain continues to refuse to admit.


The Devils of Loudun

Also good ole Huxley put a bibliography in the back! While I am not a student of the spiritual, I suspect that much of Huxley’s terminology is dated or defunct. When public executions were abolished, it was not because the majority desired their abolition; it was because a small minority of exceptionally sensitive reformers possessed sufficient influence to have them banned.

Rather, it is an incredibly insightful meditation on the pious life, the ordeals of the devout, and the mysterious workings of God. It’s a relatively early imprint, so far as my contact with serious literature goes. Despite the subject matter being interesting Huxley manages to suck all the excitement out of it like the Hungry Caterpillar munching its way rapidly through a pile of cotton wool.

This is a book that should be read. Paperbackpages. Lastly, people in the 17th century believed crazy things and did awful, cruel things to each other. Public Domain P Tantor. Were the exorcisms really an attempt by concerned priests to save the souls of the nuns? Huxley’s vivid account of this bizarre tale of religious and sexual obsession transforms our understanding of the medieval world.

Books are never the same twice, but they can change a very great deal in thirty years. Sister Jeanne des Anges and Joseph Surin both allowed themselves to be ‘possessed by devils’ for very different reasons.

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He had antagonised the Mother Superior, Sister Jeanne of the Angels, when he rejected her offer to become the spiritual advisor to the convent. Urbain Grandier was a priest burned at the stake at LoudunFrance on 18 August Jul 27, Gordon Howard rated it really liked it. 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 cevils 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 stuck firmly in cheek that makes his devisl as much fun as it is.

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Perhaps my coping mechanisms have matured along with the rest of me, or it could be that I knew what to expect. Hence our grief at having to seem to be what we are not, and hence the passionate desire to overstep the limits of this imprisoning ego. By the end of his life, Huxley was widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent intellectuals of his time.

I can’t begin to claim to fully measure up to that standard but fevils reader for whom this book was written would scoff a criticism of the language or presentation huxlsy too demanding. Her name in religion was Jeanne des Anges; in the world it had been Jeanne de Belciel, daughter of Louis de Belciel, Baron de Coze, and of Charlotte Goumart d’Eschillais, who came of a deviks hardly less ancient and eminent than his own. But the hoopla is great!

But Huxley has more heavy lifting to do, in connection with the person of Joseph Surin, a Jesuit, several years behind Grandier uuxley school, who was called in to help the nuns after the first exorcists dramatically died in the wake of Grandier’s execution.

It’s lamentable for several reasons. Fahrenheit Written by: Probably I haven’t read enough. More from the same Author: 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.

Once found guilty he was forced to admit his guilt within the final minutes of his life.