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Solomon's Secret ArtsThe Occult in the Age of Enlightenment$
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Paul Kleber Monod

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300123586

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300123586.001.0001

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Prophets and Revolutions

Prophets and Revolutions

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(p.300) Chapter Nine Prophets and Revolutions
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Solomon's Secret Arts
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Paul Kléber Monod

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300123586.003.0010

This chapter explores the suspicion felt by the loyalist public toward practitioners of the occult. Three causes can be cited as reasons for how this fear emerged: first, through the colorful history of magnetic healing; second, through hardening attitudes toward visionary prophets; and third, through the theory that a conspiracy of occult Freemasons had set off the French Revolution. The chapter also considers two individuals who resisted contemporary trends toward loyalism: Mary Pratt and William Blake. Blake left voluminous writings and graphic works in which he criticized occult thinking for being too conformist, while the letters of Pratt reveal a remarkable mind steeped in a feminized version of occult thinking that was hostile to every other form of power.

Keywords:   loyalist public, practitioners of occult, magnetic healing, occult Freemasons, French Revolution, visionary prophets, loyalism, Mary Pratt, William Blake

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