The Devils of Loudun (Paperback)
  • The Devils of Loudun (Paperback)
zoom

The Devils of Loudun (Paperback)

(author), (author of introduction)
£9.99
Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 07/04/2005
  • In stock

Available

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect

A gripping biography by the author of Brave New World

In 1634 Urbain Grandier, a handsome and dissolute priest of the parish of Loudun was tried, tortured and burnt at the stake. He had been found guilty of conspiring with the devil to seduce an entire convent of nuns.

Grandier maintained his innocence to the end but four years after his death the nuns were still being subjected to exorcisms to free them from their demonic bondage. Huxley's vivid account of this bizarre tale of religious and sexual obsession transforms our understanding of the medieval world.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099477761
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Huxley has reconstructed with skill, learning and horror one of the most appalling incidents in the history of witch-hunting during its seventeenth-century heyday. The Devils of Loudun is fascinating, erudite, and instinct with intellectual vitality * Times Literary Supplement *
Huxley's analysis of motive, his exposition of the unconscious causes of behaviour, his exposure of the perversions to which religious emotion is subject, his discursions on the witch cult, on mass hysteria, on sexual eccentricity have the brilliance that all his writing has had from the very beginning * Spectator *
One of Huxley's best books * Guardian *
His masterpiece, and perhaps the most enjoyable book about spirituality ever written. 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 ...Huxley painlessly conveys a wealth of information about mysticism and the unconscious * Washington Post *

You may also be interested in...

The Shortest History of England
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
Powers and Thrones
Added to basket
£25.00   £20.00
Hardback
Asterix: Asterix and the Griffin
Added to basket
Why the Germans Do it Better
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
SPQR
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Chastise
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Secret Britain
Added to basket
£16.99
Hardback
The Chancellor
Added to basket
£25.00
Hardback
The Women of Rothschild
Added to basket
Old Ireland in Colour 2
Added to basket
The Library
Added to basket
£25.00
Hardback
1000 Years of Annoying the French
Added to basket
The Diary of a Young Girl
Added to basket
Ravenna
Added to basket
£12.99   £10.99
Paperback
The Shortest History of Greece
Added to basket
The King and the Christmas Tree
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.