Emanuel Swedenborg, Secret Agent on Earth and in Heaven: Jacobites, Jews and Freemasons in Early Modern Sweden

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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 This study draws upon unpublished diplomatic and Masonic archives to place his financial and political actitivities within their national and international contexts.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.

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"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, in Choice, June 2012 Vol. 49 No. 10
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004183124
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/18/2011
  • Series: The Northern World, #55
  • Pages: 852
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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).
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Table of Contents

Preface … xi
Acknowledgements … xvii
Abbreviations … xix

Introduction. Emanuel Swedenborg and “The Troubles of the North”: An Historical Overview … 1

Chapter One. The Swedberg Family in Uppsala: Philo-Semitism and the Gothic Kabbalah, 1688–1710 … 14
Chapter Two. Swedenborg in London: Under Hanoverian Storm Clouds, 1710–1713 … 37
Chapter Three. Intrigues on the Continent: The Rosicrucian Ros and the Jacobite Rose, 1713–1715 … 68
Chapter Four. The Nordic Temple of Solomon: Architecture of Wisdom or War, 1715–1719 … 100
Chapter Five. Swedenborg and the Jacobite Diaspora: Defeat and Depression, 1719–1727 … 140
Chapter Six. The International Masonic Chess Board: New Players in the Expanding Global Game, 1727–1734 … 177
Chapter Seven. Paris and La Maçonnerie Nouvelle: Illuminated Knights and the Écossais Crusade, 1735–1738 ... 213
Chapter Eight. Italy and La Maçonnerie Magique: In the Service of Three Kings, 1738–1739 … 253
Chapter Nine. On the Threshold in Holland, England, and Sweden: The Sacred Temple of the Brain, 1739–1743 … 289
Chapter Ten. The Internal Man Externalized: From Spiritual to Temporal Warfare, 1743–1744 … 328
Chapter Eleven. Restoring the Temple: London, Edinburgh, and Jerusalem, 1744–1745 … 360
Chapter Twelve. Losing the Temple: Culloden and Stockholm, 1745–1747 … 396
Chapter Thirteen. Jacobites, Masons, and Jews: Citizens of Earth or of Heaven, 1747–1749 … 429
Chapter Fourteen. The Quest for Soleil d’Or: Masonic and Rosicrucian Politics, 1749–1754 … 463
Chapter Fifteen. Of the Royal Arch and Arch Rogues: Kabbalistic Calculators and Political Negotiators, 1754–1760 503
Chapter Sixteen. The Earthly and Heavenly Intelligencer: Shifting Alliances and Illuminist Politics, 1760–1763 … 542
Chapter Seventeen. “Milord Rosbif ” versus the Secret du Roi: Hanoverian Challenges to Swedish Freemasonry, 1763–1766 578
Chapter Eighteen. Temple of Wisdom or Brothel of Perversion? Virile Potency versus Political Impotency,
1766–1768 … 614
Chapter Nineteen. Ambassador from Heaven and Financier on Earth: Laying up Treasures Above and Below,
1768–1769 … 644
Chapter Twenty. Interpreting the Hieroglyphics: Political, Technological, and Masonic Espionage, 1769 … 669
Chapter Twenty-One. Partisan Persecution and Rosicrucian Ecumenicism: The King’s Spirit and the Queen’s Spiritus
Familiaris, 1770–1771 … 694
Chapter Twenty-Two. A Final Act in the Diplomatic Theater: Partition of Poland, Salvation of Sweden, 1771–1772 … 726

Epilogue. The Royal Art of Masonic Kingship: From Stuart Exile to Swedish Restoration, 1688–1788 … 749

Bibliography … 761
Index … 789

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