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By Merlin Coverley

Greater than the other urban London has a mystery heritage hid from view. Unearthing the key urban and its forgotten population, this rediscovery features a old landscape from the Elizabethan age to the current day, introducing the magic of Dr. Dee and Simon Forman, the increase of the Kabbalah, and the occult designs of Wren and Hawksmoor. somewhere else figures akin to Spring-Heeled Jack and the Highgate Vampyre, and occult corporations from the Invisible collage to the Golden sunrise are defined and explored. additionally incorporated are directions for a chain of 4 walks masking beneficial properties of occult value for the Elizabethan, 18th-century, Fin de Si?cle, and modern sessions; in addition to an A-to-Z geographic dictionary of London's such a lot resonant occult destinations.

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In this light, the Mary Glover case may be viewed as something of a turning-point in the history of witchcraft as it resulted in a shift in official attitudes towards a sceptical outlook. 33 Yet despite this change in mood, it would be wrong simply to equate such a shift with the victory of rationalism over superstition. Rather one should judge this to be as much the result of changes in the cultural and political climate of • 35 • O C C U LT L O N D O N seventeenth-century England. For ultimately, as Reginald Scot maintained, occult beliefs are deeply held and, while science may provide alternative explanations, the underlying need to find a victim to blame for one’s misfortunes remains: The fables of Witchcraft had taken so fast hold and deepe root in the heart of man, that fewe or none can (nowadays) with patience indure the hand and correction of God.

131. Yates, Occult Philosophy, p. 126. Woolley, p. 325. com/topic/john-dee Iain Sinclair, London Orbital, London: Granta, 2002, p. 222. The precise site of Dee’s grave has long since been lost, but he receives an epitaph of sorts in the block of council homes that form John Dee House, next to St Mary’s Church in Mortlake. Dee appears repeatedly in Sinclair’s work and, in his Liquid City, Sinclair recalls a walk conducted with Alan Moore to St Mary’s Churchyard which he describes as ‘a marriage of convenience between chiropody and alchemy’, adding ‘we were thrift-shop Dee and Kelly cupping our ears for whispers from tired stone’.

St George’s, Bloomsbury, also the subject of extensive restoration, has reopened recently. His two collaborations with John James, however, have fared less well: St John, Horsleydown was gutted during the war and later demolished. In the 1970s, the offices of the London City Mission were built upon its foundations off the Tower Bridge Road. Hawksmoor’s distinctive obelisk remains above St Luke’s, Old Street, which was also bombed during the war. It has been renovated and now acts as a rehearsal space for the London Symphony Orchestra.

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