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Emanuel Swedenborg, secret agent on Earth and in heaven : Jacobites, Jews, and Freemasons in early modern Sweden /
by Marsha Keith Schuchard.
imprint
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, c2012.
description
xviii, 804 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
9004183124 (Cloth), 9789004183124 (Cloth)
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imprint
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, c2012.
isbn
9004183124 (Cloth)
9789004183124 (Cloth)
catalogue key
8238227
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Marsha Keith Schuchard, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, has published extensively on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century esoteric and political Freemasonry, including Restoring the Temple of Vision: Cabalistic Freemasonry and Stuart Culture (Brill, 2002), and Why Mrs. Blake Cried: William Blake and the Sexual Basis of Spiritual Vision (Random House, 2006).
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2012-06-01:
Schuchard, although obviously not a freemason, has written extensively on 17th- and 18th-century esoteric and political freemasonry, and in this book demonstrates her comprehensive, nuanced understanding of the wide-ranging sources that inform our knowledge of early modern freemasonry, especially the importance of the often-overlooked historical links between Scottish and Swedish freemasons. These fraternal links accompanied the political and diplomatic connections that developed in the wake of the "Glorious Revolution" of 1688 and the Hanoverian Succession of 1714. While primarily a revisionist historical (and at time speculative) study of Emanuel Swedenborg's secret political, diplomatic, and Masonic affairs, it also engages the role of exiled Franco-Scottish military lodges and the more esoteric Ecossais lodges in Paris in the early 17th century, and makes an important new argument explaining the foundation of the United Grand Lodge of England in 1717 as a Hanoverian-Whig countermove against the Ecossais lodges developed by exiled Stuart supporters. Perhaps the most important piece of Masonic scholarship in a very long time, this masterpiece will enrage many freemasons and most Swedenborgians. Summing Up: Essential. Faculty/specialists. J. M. B. Porter Butler University
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Summaries
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Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1722) won fame as a natural scientist & visionary theosopher, but he was also a master intelligencer, who served as a secret agent for Louis XV & the pro-French, pro-Jacobite party of 'Hats' in Sweden. This study places his financial & political activities within their national & international contexts.
Main Description
Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) won fame and infamy as a natural scientist and visionary theosopher, but he was also a master intelligencer, who served as a secret agent for the French king, Louis XV, and the pro-French, pro-Jacobite party of Hats" in Sweden. This study draws upon unpublished diplomatic and Masonic archives to place his financial and political actitivities within their national and international contexts. It also reveals the clandestine military and Masonic links between the Swedish Hats and Charles Edward Stuart ("Bonnie Prince Charlie"), providing new evidence for the princes role as hidden Grand Master of the Order of the Temple. Swedenborgs usage of Kabbalistic meditative and interpretative techniques and his association with Hermetic and Rosicrucian adepts reveal the extensive esoteric networks that underlay the exoteric politics of the supposedly "enlightened" eighteenth century, especially in the troubled "Northern World" of Sweden and Scotland."
Long Description
Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1722) won fame and infamy as a natural scientist and visionary theosopher, but he was also a master intelligencer, who served as a secret agent for the French king, Louis XV, and the pro-French, pro-Jacobite party of "Hats" in Sweden. This study draws upon unpublished diplomatic and Masonic archives to place his financial and political actitivities within their national and international contexts. It also reveals the clandestine military and Masonic links between the Swedish Hats and Charles Edward Stuart ("Bonnie Prince Charlie"), providing new evidence for the prince's role as hidden Grand Master of the Order of the Temple. Swedenborg's usage of Kabbalistic meditative and interpretative techniques and his association with Hermetic and Rosicrucian adepts reveal the extensive esoteric networks that underlay the exoteric politics of the supposedly "enlightened" eighteenth century, especially in the troubled "Northern World" of Sweden and Scotland.
Description for Reader
Academic and general readers interested in history of Freemasonry, Jewish mysticism, Christian theosophy, esoteric politics, Jacobite diaspora, Scottish-Swedish political connections.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xvii
Abbreviationsp. xix
Introduction. Emanuel Swedenborg and "The Troubles of the North": An Historical Overviewp. 1
The Swedberg Family in Uppsala: Philo-Semitism and the Gothic Kabbalah, 1688-1710p. 14
Swedenborg in London: Under Hanoverian Storm Clouds, 1710-1713p. 37
Intrigues on the Continent: The Rosicrucian Ros and the Jacobite Rose, 1713-1715p. 68
The Nordic Temple of Solomon: Architecture of Wisdom or War, 1715-1719p. 100
Swedenborg and the Jacobite Diaspora: Defeat and Depression, 1719-1727p. 140
The International Masonic Chess Board: New Players in the Expanding Global Game, 1727-1734p. 177
Paris and La Maçonnerie Nouvelle: Illuminated Knights and the Écossais Crusade, 1735-1738p. 213
Italy and La Maçonnerie Magique: In the Service of Three Kings, 1738-1739p. 253
On the Threshold in Holland, England, and Sweden: The Sacred Temple of the Brain, 1739-1743p. 289
The Internal Man Externalized: From Spiritual to Temporal Warfare, 1743-1744p. 328
Restoring the Temple: London, Edinburgh, and Jerusalem, 1744-1745p. 360
Losing the Temple: Culloden and Stockholm, 1745-1747p. 396
Jacobites, Masons, and Jews: Citizens of Earth or of Heaven, 1747-1749p. 429
The Quest for Soleil d'Or. Masonic and Rosicrucian Politics, 1749-1754p. 463
Of the Royal Arch and Arch Rogues: Kabbalistic Calculators and Political Negotiators, 1754-1760p. 503
The Earthly and Heavenly Intelligencer: Shifting Alliances and Illuminist Politics, 1760-1763p. 542
"Milord Rosbif" versus the Secret du Roi: Hanoverian Challenges to Swedish Freemasonry, 1763-1766p. 578
Temple of Wisdom or Brothel of Perversion? Virile Potency versus Political Impotency, 1766-1768p. 614
Ambassador from Heaven and Financier on Earth: Laying up Treasures Above and Below, 1768-1769p. 644
Interpreting the Hieroglyphics: Political, Technological, and Masonic Espionage, 1769p. 669
Partisan Persecution and Rosicrucian Ecumenicism: The King's Spirit and the Queen's Spiritus Familiaris, 1770-1771p. 694
A Final Act in the Diplomatic Theater: Partition of Poland, Salvation of Sweden, 1771-1772p. 726
Epilogue. The Royal Art of Masonic Kingship: From Stuart Exile to Swedish Restoration,-1688-1788p. 749
Bibliographyp. 761
Indexp. 789
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