Saturday, December 4, 2021

The Count of Saint-Germain

 By D. Caughman 

There are many accounts of supernatural occurrences, people “find” bigfoot once every couple of years, and some think vampires walk the streets at nighttime. These accounts are usually fake; however, The Count of Saint-Germain was very real! He was born in 18th century Europe, into a royal family. Researchers are still learning about his life, as he was very mysterious.  

Near the end of his life, the Count revealed that he was the son of Prince Francis Rákóczy of Transylvania. (Pratt, 2012). This confirms his identity as royal, at the very least. Some said the Count was over 500 years old and could flawlessly practice the ways of Alchemy, turning ordinary metal into diamonds! Others claimed he was a charlatan and a conman. The Count of Saint-Germain was very well known by royals and commoners alike, having a reputation of being exceptionally generous and having a strong charm about him. A man who brought happiness to many, and yet we know so little of his life.

This is one of the only depictions of the Count that is known to be accurate

As he was a man with many identities, the Count also balanced many talents. One Horace Walpole, a Whig politician, recounted; “He sings, plays on the violin wonderfully, composes, is mad, and not very sensible. He is called an Italian, a Spaniard, a Pole; a somebody that married a great fortune in Mexico, and ran away with her jewels to Constantinople; a priest, a fiddler, a vast nobleman...” (Pratt, 2012).  

In 1745, the Count was visiting London when he was suddenly arrested under the accusation of being an enemy spy. He was in jail for less than a month and was released without charges. The Count then disappeared for about 12 years. He was never reported missing, however his story takes a hiatus at this point. His own statements indicate that he was probably developing various manufacturing techniques in Germany, mainly in the area of dyeing (Pratt, 2012). In 1755, he was involved with the sharing of information about a new French-made cleaning and deepening machine for waterways, estuaries, and ports.  

Saint-Germain returned to France in 1757, when the country was under political stress and was a very close friend to the King (King Louis XV). After most of the political discourse dissipated (approximately 1774) the Count’s life would stay interesting, he kept changing lives, making memories, and staying mysterious until his supposed death in 1784. Although an accurate death date was never recorded... 

Works Cited:

 Pratt, David. “The Count of Saint-Germain.", part 1 of 2, David Pratt, September 2012. Accessed 8 October 2021. David Pratt self publishes this website as a source of obscure knowledge. He has university level qualifications and writes detailed summaries on mostly unknown topics such as Theosophy. This article is about the life of the legendary Count of St. Germain. It contains details about his rumored immortality, his works in alchemy, his puzzling family, and much more. This article is an informational piece meant to educate readers on what information is available on The Count’s life. I chose this source because it had appealing information about my topic.

 Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopedia. "Comte de Saint-Germain". Encyclopedia Britannica, 17 Apr. 2015, Accessed 19 October 2021. Britannica is a Scottish encyclopedia that is over 250 years old. The encyclopedia’s content variety is vast, as any higher encyclopedias would be. This article pertains to the more logical side of The Count of St. Germain’s life. The source is an educational resource, it informs the reader about The Count. I chose this source because I trust the validity of Britannica’s information. The article is targeted towards a collegiate audience, potentially high school as well. The purpose of this source and my plan for using is to show a more realistic side of The Count of St. Germain’s life.

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