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Le Compte de Saint Germain

(died c. 1784)

Le Compte de Saint Germain

Endlessly the source of inspiration for gothic fiction writers, there are probably more novels about St. Germain than factual or quasi-factual essays.

He is believed, somewhat tentatively, to have been born in 1561. However, various accounts credit him with living for over 350 years, staging his death between lifetimes. Known as "the man who never dies and knows everything", he was one of the best swordsman in France as well as a master violinist, spoke all European languages fluently, knew many heads of state and was a personal friend of Voltaire, Rousseau and many others. He moved through the courts of Europe with apparently effortless ease.

He was very wealthy, but no one knew how he had accumulated his great wealth. He was a great painter and musical conductor. He had an extensive knowledge of herbalism, which may have contributed to his long life. He was a master alchemist and it was believed that he could turn base metals into gold.

He allegedly founded Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry in England under the nom de plume of Francis Bacon. It was his dream to create in America a new country without corruption and greed, and free of dictatorial monarchies. it is also believed that he was instrumental in formulating the Declaration of Independence and the constitution of the United States. As a writer he is believed by some, to have used the names of Christopher Marlowe, Edmund Spenser, Montaigne, Robert Burton, Cervantes, Valentine Andraes, and Comte de Gabalis. It seems more likely that while he was an enigmatic and certainly talented character, stories about him have, as often happens, been exaggerated and embellished beyond belief.

He supposedly spent eighty five years with the Trans-Himalayan Brotherhood which was made up of El Moyra, Kuthumi, Djwhal Khul, and others.

Acknowledgements and further reading:

Sean MartinAlchemy, the Philosopher's StoneWildwood House
Gilchrist, CherryAlchemy, The Great WorkThorsons
Innes, BrianThe Search For The Philosopher's Stone Orbis
Klossowski de Rola, StanislasAlchemy, The Secret ArtThames and Hudson
Redgrove, StanleyAlchemy Ancient and ModernAres

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Ken James 2008