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Thomas Freller -
ISBN: 978-3-7995-0669-4
Hardback with dust jacket
248 pages
Format 14 x 22 cm
EUR 24.99

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The Count of Saint Germain – Alchemist or Imposter?

A biography
You had to have seen the man to understand our gullibility – that’s how contemporaries said about the Count of Saint Germain, who claimed to possess many secrets. It was said he could make precious gems, extend life, heal illnesses...

His charm and his behavior gave him access to the highest circles: he mesmerized Madame Pompadour, astonished Casanova and convinced Ludwig XIV not only to equip a laboratory for his alchemy experiments, but also became the king’s messenger during secret negotiations with England. Noble and wealthy citizens invested great sums in his alchemy projects, which were never completed, but made it possible for the count to live like a king. Even during his lifetime he became a legend, and after his death there were recurring rumors that he had been sighted, alive.

How did this man manage to create such a career out of thin air? What is his personal contribution, what is grounded in the secret desires of his time, and what has become legendary over time? Thomas Freller unpacks the image of an epoch that was splendid and curious, but simultaneously deeply uncertain, greedy for new saviors and self-declared wise men and scholars, who were both praised to the heavens and persecuted as charlatans.
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