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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

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

Paul Kléber Monod

Yale University Press

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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