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Freemason Shaman Prophet Seducer Swindler Thief HereticWho was the mysterious Count Cagliostro?Depending on whom you ask he was either a great healer or a dangerous charlatan Internationally acclaimed historian Iain McCalman documents how Cagliostro crossed paths and often swords with the likes of Catherine the Great Marie Antoinette and Pope Pius VI He was a muse to William Blake and the inspiration for both Mozart's Magic Flute and Goethe's Faust Louis XVI had him thrown into the Bastille for his alleged involvement in what would come to be known as the affair of the necklace Yet in London Warsaw and St Petersburg he established healing clinics for the poorest of the poor and his dexterity in the worlds of alchemy and spiritualism won him acclaim among the nobility across EuropeAlso the leader of an exotic brand of Freemasonry Count Cagliostro was indisputably one of the most influential and notorious figures of the latter eighteenth century overcoming poverty and an ignoble birth to become the darling and bane of upper crust Europe I really appreciate How Iain McCalman gathered the historical facts and made them into one poetic synthesis of Cagliostro's life Iain presented many aspects in a balanced way to stimulate the readers' pondering inviting further investigation into the count's remarkable life without bias or condemnation An excellent piece of well written literature

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The Last Alchemist Count Cagliostro Master of Magic in the Age of ReasonFreemason Shaman Prophet Seducer Swindler Thief HereticWho was the mysterious Count Cagliostro?Depending on whom you ask he was either a great healer or a dangerous charlatan Internationally acclaimed historian Iain McCalman documents how Cagliostro crossed paths and often swords with the likes of Catherine the Great Marie Antoinette and Pope Pius VI He was a muse to William Blake and the inspiration for both Mozart's Magic Flute and Goethe's Faust Louis XVI had him thrown into the Bastille for his alleged involvement in what would come to be known as the affair of the necklace Yet in London Warsaw and St Petersburg he established healing clinics for the poorest of the poor and his dexterity in the worlds of alchemy and spiritualism won him acclaim among the nobility across EuropeAlso the leader of an exotic brand of Freemasonry Count Cagliostro was indisputably one of the most influential and notorious figures of the latter eighteenth century overcoming poverty and an ignoble birth to become the darling and bane of upper crust Europe Book very easily purchased for my Kindle with Very clear procedure to buy and downloadThe style is prone to sensationalism and the predictable easy effect to impress the audience It seems closer to the articles of a gossip magazine rather than a history bookI stumbled into a myriad of historical errors two examples• The writer said that the order of the Templars was brutally suppressed by the Pope Templars were arrested and tried by Philip the Handsome king of France and the Pope desperately tried to save them• The author claims that “Francesco di Morosoni” granted the amnesty to Casanova Francesco Morosini not Morosoni was doge of Venice and died in 1694 much before the birth of Casanova in 1725This is enough to understand that the book is not containing any reliable information about Cagliostro

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read The Last Alchemist kindle Ù Hardcover ¶ ❰EPUB❯ ✼ The Last Alchemist: Count Cagliostro, Master of Magic in the Age of Reason Author Join or create book clubs – Eyltransferservices.co.uk Freemason Shaman Prophet Seducer Swindler Thief HereticWho was the mysterious Count Cagliostro?Depending on whom you ask Freemason Shaman Prophet Seducer Swindler Thief HereticWho was the mysterious Count Cagliostro?Depending on whom you ask he was either a great healer or a dangerous charlatan Internationally acclaimed historian Iain McCalman documents how Cagliostro crossed paths and often swords with the likes of Catherine the Great Marie Antoinette and Pope Pius VI He was a muse to William Blake and the inspiration for both Mozart's Magic Flute and Goethe's Faust Louis XVI had him thrown into the Bastille for his alleged involvement in what would come to be known as the affair of the necklace Yet in London Warsaw and St Petersburg he established healing clinics for the poorest of the poor and his dexterity in the worlds of alchemy and spiritualism won him acclaim among the nobility across EuropeAlso the leader of an exotic brand of Freemasonry Count Cagliostro was indisputably one of the most influential and notorious figures of the latter eighteenth century overcoming poverty and an ignoble birth to become the darling and bane of upper crust Europe The author of this book Iain McCalman previously known for the writing or editing of scholarly works has done a fine job here of turning out an interesting and entertaining piece of popular history This is the kind of history book I really enjoy it tells about the life of a colorful and fascinating person who was previously unknown to me Count Alessandro di Cagliostro who wasn't a count the title and name were pure invention was born with the prosaic name of Giuseppe Balsamo in the rough and tumble world of mid 18th century Sicily He grew up amongst cutthroats and con artists and by the time he was barely out of his teens he was himself an accomplished swindler What makes him interesting is how he evolved the company he kept and how like a human inkblot he was perceived differently by those he came in contact with Cagliostro developed into a topflight alchemist which in his case meant a combination of apothecary magician and conman He became a Freemason which gave him entry into high places in various countries but which also caused him to be distrusted and spied upon by those who looked upon Freemasons as secretive subversive freethinking and a bit too egalitarian for the standards of the time Hence Cagliostro was not on The A List of such heavyweights as the Bourbons Catherine The Great and the Catholic Church Like many swindlers throughout history Cagliostro eventually came to at least half believe in his own hokum and in addition to thinking that he had great spiritual gifts he also set himself up as a great healer He set up various clinics throughout Europe where he treated with pills potions and the laying on of hands the poor at no charge to his patients Disturbingly at least for the medical profession of the day he had a surprising amount of success For a sidekick Cagliostro had his beautiful and invaluable wife Seraphina There is a copy of an engraving of the young Seraphina reproduced in the book No doubt about it she was a dish She travelled the European circuit with Cagliostro charming and seducing the wealthy and powerful patrons that helped her and her husband climb the ladder of success add pimp to The Count's list of accomplishments The author has a fine time incorporating historical slapstick into the book we learn of Casanova's jealousy of Cagliostro; we also get some juicy tidbits concerning Catherine The Great's amorous adventures it seems that when her personally handpicked guardsmen lovers weren't meeting her rather demanding standards Catherine would send them to the royal physician for a tune up involving aphrodisiacs as a dietary supplement The author states that historically Cagliostro has been seen in black and white terms either as a holy healer or as swindler extraordinaire His own view is that Giuseppe Balsamo was a complex mixture of both Part of the fun of this charming book is coming to your own conclusion about this human puzzle from the streets of Palermo