Grey Eminence . Aldous Huxley In his masterful biography, Huxley explores how an intensely religious man could lead such a life and how he could. Grey Eminence has ratings and 18 reviews. Erik said: Reading Aldous Huxley reminds one of how beautiful modern English prose can be. His biography of. GREY EMINENCE. By Aldous Huxley. Chatto and Windus. I5S•. ” The nature of Fr Joseph’s life is such that the record of it can hardly fail to raise, in an enquiring.

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A great historical biography and one of the strongest cases for the separation of Church and State. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. To ask other readers questions about Grey Eminenceplease sign up.

A truly remarkable book, which combines stimulating insights in einence realms of theology and the psychology behind ithistory and politics with a genuinely engrossing biography of a fascinating subject. Austers, quent, self-abnegating — Father Joseph became a tireless teacher, reformer, missionary.

It is confirmed, that the paper version should not be overlooked, for most books. The Best Books of The book strengthene Wldous fascinating story of Cardinal Richelieu’s right hand. Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer and one of the most prominent members of the famous Dminence family. Open Preview See a Problem? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Want to Read saving….

Adi Ross rated it it was amazing May 16, When the same doctrine was used by the Illumines husley Picardy to justify unlimited sexual promiscuity, all right-thinking men, including Father Joseph, were properly horrified.

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It also reminds us that the devil has no prophesied form. In his masterful biography, Huxley explores how an intensely religious man could lead such a life and how he could reconcile the seemingly opposing moral systems of religion and politics.


Patrick Froegel rated it really liked it Oct 17, The life of Father Joseph, Cardinal Richelieu’s aide, was a shocking paradox. Jan 16, Caddy Yoknapatawpha added it.

Through his novels and essays Huxley functioned as an examiner and sometimes critic of social mores, norms and ideals. Maybe it is like Secondly, it’s the story aldouw the religio-political maneuvering that ushered in some of Europe’s darkest days.

Please provide an email address. One does not have to be an expert on seventeenth century European politics to read this book.

With none of the irony, the sharp wit of Huxley’s other works, this is a profound, exhaustive, erudite study of the conflict between the contemplative and the active life.

He began writing poetry and short stories in his early twenties, but it was his first novel, ‘Crome Yellow’which established his literary reputation. Use your judgment and discretion and pick the ones that are best read in your hands. His influence in the Thirty Years War and, by consequence, in the future of the entire continent of Europe cannot be overstated.

Histories on some periods are more difficult to find than biographies. In his masterful biography, Huxley explores how an intensely religious man could lead such a life and how he reconciled the seemingly opposing moral systems of religion and politics.

Indeed, he had to turn away from a life of great luxury in order to wallow in meanness of all sorts simultaneously. After spending his days directing operations on the battlefield, Father Joseph would pass the night in prayer, or in composing spiritual guidance for the nuns in his care.


On the other hand, he was one of the two most politically powerful men, the other being Richelieu, in the Huxly government under Louis XIII. Grey Eminence Aldous Huxley No preview available – Huxley knows how to write a work of non-fiction; that is, without using all the tools of evidence in order to write every detail of a scenario, but rather giving most of the text over to his analysis.


Eliot rated it liked it Aug 30, Paperbackpages. 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. He was greu aspirant to sainthood and a practising mystic, Readers of his Devils of Loudon will be interested to note Father Joseph’s involvement in that affair.

Other editions – View all Grey Eminence: Huxley was a humanist but was also interested towards the end of his life in spiritual subjects such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism. This was swiftly followed by ‘Antic Hay”Those Barren Leaves’ and ‘Point Counter Point’ – bright, brilliant satires in which Huxley wittily but ruthlessly passed judgement on the shortcomings of contemporary society.

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This book doubles as a biography on Francois Leclerc du Tremblay, right hand of Cardinal Richelieu as well as a primer on mysticism. A remarkable book that is well worth reading even if you don’t like Aldous Huxley’s other writing and I don’t very much. There’s a great section on huxldy.

Few people are shocked when they hear God described as the God alous Battles; but what an outcry there would be if anyone spoke of him as the God of Brothels! Inat the height of his fame, Huxley left Europe to live in California, working for a time as a screenwriter in Hollywood.