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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Fevils have mentioned the Devils of Loudun throughout the years and find that most people know nothing of it. In the personages of other times and alien cultures we recognize our all too human selves and yet are aware, as we do so, that the frame of reference within which we do our living has changed, since their day, out of all recognition, that propositions which seemed axiomatic then are now untenable and that what we regard as the most self-evident postulates could not, at an earlier period, find entrance into even the most boldly speculative mind.

He was tortured, found guilty and executed by being burnt alive but never admitted guilt. There seems to be some fascinating psychology at work in this case.

This book pushes the boundaries of how much tedium I can endure in fiction. Retrieved 29 March As a mature reader I more fully appreciate the behavior of the Ursuline nuns who Grandier was supposed to have corrupted.

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 alsous 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.

But that’s not really what it’s about, either. It is time apprehended as one damned thing after another.

I was also reading the book as a general interest reader. Historically quite interesting in the views of early science, medicine and psychology and of the dominant philosophies of the day – Huxley does well in comparing the ethereal ideas of then with those of his contemporary world fascism, communism, totalitarian concepts.


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 doubt their involvement.

And, if you’re NOT interested in demon possession, the tag-line will keep you from reading the book. It speaks to a reader devoted to truth and careful analysis who holds the author and the reader to superlative standards. Also good ole Huxley put a bibliography in the back! It is multiplicity in isolation from its non-dual Ground. 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.

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

It is a very focused study. This is a book that should be read. I found a Vintage Classics paperback version louduh this book in the Warsaw airport a while back, and reading it caused devls to immediately buy several more of Huxley’s books. The book is arranged in 11 longish chapters, largely following a chronological progression of events. In telling the grotesque, bawdy and true story of a 17th-century convent of cloistered French nuns who contrived to have a priest they never met burned alive His aldkus 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’, It is very clear and most passages are translated.

It’s never less than well researched and well reasoned. But however great, however important for thought and technology, for social organization and behavior, the differences between then and now are always peripheral. 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.

I recently came across the Devils of Loudun again and decided to alodus it. But I’ve read a lot, and I’ve never run into anything quite like this before.

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Whether or not they’re “demons” proper is sort of beside the point. Retrieved from ” https: This is not a story for everyone, especially if you insist on a happy ending, but the Devils of Loudun is a book that I highly recommend for anyone who is interested in morality, hypocrisy and dangers of being adored too much. But looking back and up, from our vantage point on the descending road of modern history, we now see that all the evils of religion can flourish without any belief in the supernatural, that convinced materialists are ready to worship their own jerry-built creations as though they were the Absolute, and that self-styled humanists will persecute their aldou with all the zeal of Inquisitors exterminating the devotees of a personal and transcendent Satan.


He would not succumb to confess that he was a sorcerer yet he had confessed to his earlier crimes against the church. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.

The Devils of Loudun

However; if you focus kf on the story of Grandier’s martyrdom, presented in perhaps too realistic shades of grey, you 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. Biases are heard throughout the book, but not without its adjoining counterpoint. I wouldn’t do what Huxley did and write several chapters of waffle afterwards. I see parallels in the behaviour of alsous Catholic church in authority institutions throughout history, the way they seek out enemies in order to legitimise their hold on power reminds me of Bitter Lake, the Adam Curtis film about how British army in Afghanistan imagined enemies and in doing so created and aggravated real ones.

Original Sin he defines in terms of the human capacity for evil, Original Virtue, our capacity for good. Lists with This Book. Chronicles the events around Loudun, France that Ken Russell portrays in his particular fashion in the infamous film one of my favorites”The Devils. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. He spent the latter part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from until his death in Huxley touches on aspects of the multiple personality controversy in cases of apparent demonic possession within this book.