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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There are substantial passages in French that are beyond me and the German vocabulary is extraordinary in the context of a novel.

For the opera, see The Devils of Loudun opera.

The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley

huxlley Huxley painlessly conveys a wealth of information about mysticism and the unconscious” show more. It’s important to remember that though times have changed, we are the same people. On another, it is an examination of mass psycho-sexual psychosis as represented in such cases–and of the religious bases for the underlying repression.

Oliver Sacks mentions this work in his new book Hallucinations for its depictions of groups experiencing mass delusions.

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. The possession was more likely hysteria.

The Devils Of Loudun

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I mean, if you’re looking for something that deals with actual demon possession, or a piece of lurid fiction dealing wi This is probably one of the most interesting and important books I’ve ever read.


This is probably one of the most interesting and important books I’ve ever read. This was a good move. Let me say first that in spite of the tag-line it actually has almost nothing to do with devils, or “demon devilss as such.

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.

Such charms and spells are common to every nation and country, and are practiced by the priests and people of every religion. It’s lamentable for several reasons.

This is a book that should be read. I read the story of Loudun demonic possessions in so many devuls. It’s difficult to show sympathy for Grandier when he seduced and abandoned Philippe after getting her pregnant.

In my opinion, it is Russell’s best film and one of Oliver Reed’s best roles. There seems to be some fascinating psychology at work in this case. He would not succumb to confess that he was a sorcerer yet he had confessed to his earlier crimes against the church.

At the time I first read this work I was also researching a paper on church doctrine, and had just read an English translation of the Malleus Maleficarum.

The Devils of Loudun – Wikipedia

Not the simple stuff: 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. Best known for his novels and wide-ranging output of essays, he also published short stories, poetry, travel writing, and film stories and scripts. A fascinating account of a reported case of devil possession in Loudun France in huxleu early 17th Ludun that resulted in the execution of a Priest who was most certainly not guilty.


If you like Huxley, 17th Century France, or interested in the history of Catholicism or Theology I would highly recommend this book. Certainly not buxley easiest of books to read, but beautifully written and an astonishing story so well worth persevering with. 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.

Were the exorcisms really an attempt by concerned priests to save the souls of the nuns?

The Devils of Loudun

View all my reviews Share on Facebook, Twitter, Email, etc. That school term was a bit depressing, what with all the reminders of how incredibly shitty people can be in the interest of doing the xevils and proper thing. The edition that I have has some interesting appendices as well as a bibliography. European History Early Modern History: And authors need to remember, their readers aren’t always as clever as them, so doing things like inserting verses of French poetry and not bothering to translate it is a bit of a wanky thing to do.

The writing juxley can come across as pretentious, needlessly complicated, and slow-moving at times.