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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His specialty as a novelist was the intersection of manners and ideas. The sorcery charge was bunk, and most of the people involved understood this to be the case.

I was as happy to close the book as any kid on the last day of class. In recent years we have discovered that when, after a period of withholding, these occasions are once more offered, men and women, seemingly no worse than we are, have shown themselves ready and even eager to take them.

Laubardemont, who was of the same family as the Mother Superior, abdicated personal responsibility in the course of his actions with the same ruthless efficiency as a Nazi prison guard.

I read the story of Loudun demonic possessions in so many renderings. View all 5 comments. There are no discussion fevils on this book yet. But loudhn discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third.

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I raised eyebrows at certain ahistorical leanings of this discussion, but it felt like such a sincere exploration of the human condition that I don’t want to fault it too much. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. On all three levels it worked for me. At the time I first read this work I was also researching a paper on chur I first read this book in high school and it made a great impression on me.

Surin is not an appealing figure, even in this book that rather lacks them overall. Got interested in reading this book after seeing Ken Russell’s “The Devils” the other month. 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 time.

He defined what that theology understood as the nature of soul. Saying that, however, I wonder if younger readers will agree.

The book itself doesn’t change at all, of course, but your recollection of it changes, and so does whatever use you have made of it.

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Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. And I should say loudin once that, fifteen years after publication, it did seem to wear the appellation “classic” very well. This idolatrous transformation of the relative into the Absolute and the all to human into the Divine, makes it possible for them to indulge their ugliest passions with a clear conscience and ov the certainty that they are working for the Highest Good.

And it’s all framed by this fascinating story about this priest and this convent and the political and personal intrigues that came together surrounding them. I will not recapitulate the gruesome details here, but only attest that they are related loudu the surest of hands. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This was a good move.


The Unreal and the Real is a major event not to be missed. He would not succumb to confess that he was a sorcerer yet he had confessed to his earlier crimes against the church.

I first read this book in high school and it made a great impression on me. But I think the worst thing about it is that sales deils to be boosted to begin with. It was the time when revolts and civil wars were common, and Roman emperors merely lasted for a year. The ways in which The Devils of Loudun have and haven’t changed strike me as providing a useful measure of what’s valuable about the book, yuxley what’s not.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. People who bought this also bought If you like Huxley, 17th Century France, or interested in the history of Catholicism or Theology I would highly recommend this book.

The Devils Of Loudun

Without this, I would have given the book 5 stars, but I’m not saying his digressions are without merit. He examines the evidence offered in the trial in light of that standard. Were the exorcisms really an attempt by concerned priests to save the souls of the nuns? It deals with actual events, that’s true.

It is that less abundant life, which is lived according to the dictates of the insulated self.