By Gary Lachman
The occult used to be a very important impression at the Renaissance, and it obsessed the preferred thinkers of the day. yet with the Age of cause, occultism was once sidelined; simply charlatans came upon any use for it. Occult principles didn't disappear, even though, yet fairly went underground. It built right into a fruitful resource of thought for plenty of vital artists. Works of brilliance, occasionally even of genius, have been produced below its impression. In a dismal Muse, Lachman discusses the Enlightenment obsession with occult politics, the Romantic explosion, the futuristic occultism of the fin de siècle, and the deep occult roots of the modernist stream. a number of the writers and thinkers featured during this hidden historical past of western idea and sensibility are Emanuel Swedenborg, Charles Baudelaire, J. okay. Huysmans, August Strindberg, William Blake, Goethe, Madame Blavatsky, H. G. Wells, Edgar Allan Poe, and Malcolm Lowry.
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Many innocent victims died while incarcerated waiting for the Inquisitor to assess their confessions. Others were tortured to death desperate to confess to crimes of which they were actually innocent and about which they knew nothing. The informants were never identiﬁed and the statements they had made concerning the suspect were never revealed, so the accused had no information against which to defend themselves. Suspects were not allowed lawyers, and most insidious of all, the proceedings of the Inquisition were conducted in total secrecy; often the victims would simply disappear.
To the theologians, this was seen as necessary in order to rationalize a form for the Faith and to manufacture a coherent expression of the diverse afﬁrmations • 17 • The Pope and the Heretic about God, all of which played an equal role in any statement of Christian experience and belief. And so it was decided that the one God was Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Father, or “sovereign,” transcends all ﬁnite limits and is immortal and omnipotent. Jesus Christ became hugely more important than a mere prophet commissioned by God and was elevated to the stature of “the Son of God,” or “the Word made ﬂesh,” divinity incarnate.
Positioned uniquely so that it gained cultural inﬂuence from the East, it cherished a long tradition of learning and was a crossroads for the adventurous traveler. Marco Polo set forth from Venice in 1271, and what he and other explorers took with them as emblems of Western culture was more than matched by the knowledge and inﬂuence that ﬂowed from east to west and passed through San Marco and the Lido. During the thousand years Venice V The Pope and the Heretic had maintained global prominence, such learning had altered the very look of the city and created a backdrop of cosmopolitanism and liberalism.
A Dark Muse: A History of the Occult by Gary Lachman