As in Paradise Lost, the angels are in revolt against God. Anatole France’s satire of war, government, and religion offers an ever-resonant protest against. The Revolt of the Angels by Anatole France was published in and deals with Gnosticism and angels in the form of a novel. Anatole France was a French poet, journalist, and successful novelist with several best-sellers. La Revolte des Anges (Revolt of the Angels, ) is often considered Anatole France’s most profound and ironic novel. Loosely based on the.

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The Revolt of the Angels by Anatole France

Anatole France took this idea and ran with it in his novel The Revolt of the Angels. Its curator, Monsieur Sariette, begins to notice books being misplaced and damaged overnight, and even sees them floating out of the library to the summer-house.

He tells Maurice that while the first of the Seraphim revolted through pride, he is revolting due to science: I have delved deep into Oriental antiquities and also into those of Greece and Rome. I have devoured the works of theologians, philosophers, physicists, geologists, and naturalists. Rrance have lost my faith.


Not only is Arcade leaving his post, but he also plans to organize a revolt of the angels to once again attempt to defeat Ialdabaoth. I do not think He is either eternal or infinite, for it is absurd to conceive of a being who is not bounded by space or time. I think Him limited.

The revolt of the angels

I no longer believe Him to be the only God. Maurice pleads with Arcade to not revolt, but his angel is devoted to the cause of installing Satan on the Heavenly throne.

Through another fallen angel, Nectaire, we hear the story of the first battle of the angels, the creation of the world, and then how the vanquished angels became the teachers of men.

He also gives a history of the world, from the peak of civilization when the fallen angels appeared as various gods and nymphs and Satan as Dionysus and Iacchus and the jealous God was absent from society, to the time when, taking advantage of the Roman peace that allowed free exchange of ideas and merchandise, Ialdabaoth invented a fable that would eventually enslave the world: The story amusingly recounts all of history from the viewpoint of the fallen angels: Arcade answers this question according to the Church rather than natural philosophy: You will lack an assistance, a support, a consolation which would have guided and confirmed you in the way of salvation.


In fact, in spiritual matters, you will be without strength and without joy.

The Revolt of the Angels

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