The Devils of Loudun (Flamingo Modern Classics)

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In 1634, Urbain Grandier, a seducer and priest of the parish of Loudun, was burned at the stake. He had been found guilty of causing the supernatural possession of a prioress and her nuns. Despite torture he had refused to confess, and four years after his death the nuns were still "possessed".

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"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)

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Huxley tells the strange true story of mass demonic possession and sexual hysteria which took place in the small town of Loudun in France, in the 1600s

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