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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It is a system of verbal categories taking the place of the fathomlessly beautiful and mysterious particulars which constitute reality. In case you’re thinking this is all sort of dark, I should mention that he spends a lot of time emphasizing the positive what he calls Original Virtue, rather than Original Sin.

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lousun Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles with Project Gutenberg links. This story was made into a Ken Russell film in the seventies called, The Devils. Nov 03, Rick Diehl devols it it was amazing Recommends it for: But I’ve read a lot, and I’ve never run into anything quite like this before. Addressing the catastrophic dangers posed by religious hysteria, this book is by no means an attack on the Christian faith.

Something pricked me during the spring.

Louduun New World Written by: Unfortunately, it appears to be a mixture of both, which, in my mind, provided a very dismal view of religion and those practicing and preaching it. Technically the parson’s position was unassailable.


Through his novels and essays Huxley functioned as an examiner and sometimes critic of social mores, norms and ideals. He defined what that theology understood as the nature of soul. Retrieved from ” https: Mar 08, Steve Cooper rated it it was amazing.

The Devils Of Loudun

Alternating with chapters that tell us of events at Loudun, however, there are others that step back from the Grandier story and, interestingly at times but undeniably, pontificate. Soon I was ordering a copy from Alibris, and when the book arrived, I thought I had better read the whole thing.

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 vevils. 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. Follow it up with Ken Burn’s “The Devilz if you want to get really weird. Not the simple stuff: It is then redo Fascinating Study of Corruption I knew of the case from other accounts, but here we have an examination of the very human, and still very relatable, motivations that manifested within the specific environment and period.

I borrowed it from the library in Galway, Ireland Also be warned that there are stretches in untranslated French including the “dirty parts”.

The abundance of data, however obscure, would be expected not criticised. Huxley avoided the historicist fallacy of criticizing the condemnation of Grandier based upon the values and knowledge of his day. They just weaken the strength of his narrative in my opinion.


Few people now believe in the Devil; but very many enjoy devills as their ancestors behaved when the Fiend was a reality as unquestionable as his Opposite Number. Becoming a man of hypocrisy his enemies multiply until a cabal is formed in his honor; with the sole mission of destroying Urbain.

The Devils of Loudun

He is, after all, a skilled novelist. Based on a true story. The possession was more likely hysteria.

To ask other readers questions about The Devils of Loudunplease sign up. But you cannot oversimplify without distorting the facts. My constructive criticism to Huxley if he wasn’t dead would be to This book pushes the boundaries of how much tedium I can endure in fiction. Huxley is good at inventing interesting concepts but they are interesting in spite of, not because of his writing.

It’s a relatively early imprint, so far as my contact with serious literature goes. For those who are wondering, this read like part story and part fo report. It deals with actual events, that’s true.