Aldous Huxley (1894–1963), British author. The Devils of Loudun, ch. 10 (1952).
Huxley was referring to the stories that circulated concerning the "physiological accidents" of the French royal court. "It was precisely because great men tried to seem more than human," he wrote, "that the rest of the world welcomed any reminder that, in part at least, they were still merely animal."