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By Merlin Coverley
Greater than the other urban London has a mystery background hid from view. Unearthing the key urban and its forgotten population, this rediscovery incorporates a historic landscape from the Elizabethan age to the current day, introducing the magic of Dr. Dee and Simon Forman, the increase of the Kabbalah, and the occult designs of Wren and Hawksmoor. in different places figures equivalent to Spring-Heeled Jack and the Highgate Vampyre, and occult companies from the Invisible university to the Golden sunrise are defined and explored. additionally incorporated are directions for a chain of 4 walks overlaying good points of occult value for the Elizabethan, 18th-century, Fin de Si?cle, and modern classes; in addition to an A-to-Z geographic dictionary of London's so much resonant occult destinations.
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7. Downes, p. 20. 8. Glinert, East End, p. 13. 9. The neglect of Hawksmoor’s remaining London churches was such that in 1962 the Hawksmoor Committee was established by a group of enthusiasts to publicise the plight of his work. This committee successfully secured the cooperation of the Arts Council in mounting an exhibition of drawings, models and photographs, and it was from this point that his reputation began to recover. See Downes, p. 7. 10. Iain Sinclair, Lud Heat & Suicide Bridge, London: Granta, 1998, p.
1964, p. 25, qtd. in MacDonald, p. xlii. • 39 • The Capitol of Darknesse: London in the Eighteenth Century London in the late eighteenth century was awash with mystics, mythmakers, gurus, prophets, seers and false messiahs. Prayer houses resounded to unusual readings of the Old and New Testaments. Meeting halls witnessed fresh insights into the mystical body of work known as the Hermetica… Occupants of suburban villas debated the ﬁner points of the Kabbalah… Bookshops sold works explaining such age-old alchemical mysteries as the Ever-burning Lights of Trithemius.
Gamini Salgado, The Elizabethan Underworld, London: Dent, 1977, p. 80. 3. Salgado, p. 81. 4. Benjamin Woolley, The Queen’s Conjuror, London: Flamingo, 2002, p. 3. 5. Peter Ackroyd sees this elision of magic and science as characteristic of the city itself, writing:‘But in London it is impossible to distinguish magic from other versions of intellectual and mechanical aptitude. ’ Peter Ackroyd, London, London: Chatto & Windus, 2000, p. 508. 6. Woolley, p. 56. 7. Woolley, p. 62. • 36 • T H E O C C U LT I N E L I Z A B E T H A N L O N D O N 8.
Occult London (Pocket Essential series) by Merlin Coverley