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Book Title: L'eminenza grigia|
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The size of the: 9.72 MB
v The author of the book: Aldous Huxley
Date of issue: 1949
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Read full description of the books L'eminenza grigia:Reading Aldous Huxley reminds one of how beautiful modern English prose can be. His biography of Father Joseph, effective French foreign minister during the Thirty Years War, is a perfect mix of novelistic description, history, biography and philosophical essay. The balance is just right so one does not get bored with his excurses into the major theme of the book, namely the relationship between politics, religion and ethics.
Father Joseph, François Leclerc du Tremblay, interested the author because, in the Catholic tradition, he appears to represent two extremes. On the one hand, he was a religious politician. A Capuchin himself, he founded an order, performed missionary work, served as a secular priest, wrote extensively on theology and was about to be awarded a cardinal's hat when he died. Most importantly, he was an authentic mystic--a matter of considerable concern to Huxley, writer of several books on the subject and holder of some strong opinions. On the other hand, he was one of the two most politically powerful men, the other being Richelieu, in the French government under Louis XIII. As such, he ran an international spy organization, negotiated treaties and fomented wars against other Catholic states, often in alliance with Protestant heretics. His actions led to the death of uncounted thousands, if not millions through the externalities of war. How, Huxley wonders, could an authentic mystic doe this?
One does not have to be an expert on seventeenth century European politics to read this book. Huxley gives all the background needed. Readers of his Devils of Loudon will be interested to note Father Joseph's involvement in that affair.
Read information about the authorAldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family. He spent the latter part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death in 1963. Best known for his novels and wide-ranging output of essays, he also published short stories, poetry, travel writing, and film stories and scripts. Through his novels and essays Huxley functioned as an examiner and sometimes critic of social mores, norms and ideals. Huxley was a humanist but was also interested towards the end of his life in spiritual subjects such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism. By the end of his life, Huxley was widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent intellectuals of his time.
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