THE LAST ALCHEMIST COUNT CAGLIOSTRO by IAIN MCCALMAN
Freemason ... Shaman ... Prophet ... Seducer ...
Swindler ... Thief ... Heretic
Who 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 Europe.
Also 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.
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