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The Spear of Destiny: Politics and the Esoteric Orders

Discussing medieval and modern “esoteric politics” with reference to the traditions of St. George and the legends of King Arthur.

Lecture 5 in the Western Hermeticism Series. All the lectures in this series stand alone, and may fruitfully be attended without having attended any of the preceding evenings.

This talk re-examines the traditions of St. George, the legends of King Arthur and the Grail myths. It uses this as background to an overview of “esoteric politics” from the Knights Templar to the “Magical Battle of Britain”, well-known to students of esotericism. There will also be readings from Shakespeare, who was born and died on St. George’s Day.

James North studied the history of philosophy at Magdalen College, Oxford and the Warburg ‎Institute. His interests include renaissance hermeticism, Elizabethan literature and cryptography. ‎He is editor of the Francis Bacon Society’s website, and its journal Baconiana. He is currently an ‎intelligence analyst, and his previous career involved music and theatre in odd combinations.


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Date and Time:

23 April 2008 at 7:15 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



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