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Fulcanelli, the cathedral and the alchemists . . . an extract

It was widely thought that alchemy had been finished off by the Enlightenment and the appearance of modern science in the 18th century until an intriguing pseudonymous book appeared in Paris in 1926. The Mystery of the Cathedrals was written by one “Fulcanelli”, who described himself as a practising alchemist. He claimed […]

The Wheel of Fortune at Beauvais

 

 

The cathedral of Beauvais (northwest of Paris) is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture but the older church of St Etienne is of even more interest for a particular reason. The north rose is known as the “Wheel of Fortune” window because it is thought to represent the medieval notion of human life […]

The Devil

By Nick Inman

The Devil (aka Satan or Lucifer) is to be seen everywhere in France. He was the nightmare visitor of the middle ages, often felt or smelt but never seen, and he lingers on in Romanesque stone carvings and frescoes of the Last Judgement. He also pops up in some […]

“A Guide to Mystical France” by travel guide writer Nick Inman

A Guide to Mystical France by travel guide writer Nick Inman is published this month.

He describes it as “a compendium of all the interesting stories about France that I can’t put into my normal travel guides”. There are many question marks hanging over the history of France, some apparently unanswerable. This book provides a […]