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The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley The Devils of Loudun is a historical account of religious fanaticism and sexual hysteria in seventeenth century France and an investigation into the circumstances that led to the torture and execution of a local parson who during a farcical ecclesiastical trial was accused of having commerce with devils and of bewitching a whole convent of nuns Huxleys erudition was legendary it was even said of him that he knew everything and the range of his knowledge is apparent when one considers the variety of references and digressions he uses to support his inquiries and perspicacious observations he quotes with equal ease from enlightenment works like the Provincial Letters of Pascal to the contemplative writings of the Zen Buddhists As a psychological study The Devils offers a clear and convincing portrayal of unusual minds caught up in still stranger circumstances As for the story it is not at all surprising that Huxley chose to write about this particular episode in French history as many of the events described exemplify themes that dominated his polemical novels and celebrated essays present is the issue of mans ongoing obsession with self-transcendence which was so pertinent in the excellent infamous Doors of perception the dilemma that recurs throughout his fiction that of the cloistered and suppressed mind dealing with passionate human emotion is here in extremis On a functional level The Devils of Loudun seeks to oppose humankinds tendency towards hypocrisy malice and self denial and expose some of the terrible results of those failings specific to the case mutual temporary madness or near madness for nearly all concerned and when a scapegoat is found death
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