By Iain McCalman
Freemason ... Shaman ... Prophet ... Seducer ... Swindler ... Thief ... Heretic
Who used to be the mysterious count number Cagliostro?
Depending on whom you ask, he used to be both an excellent healer or a perilous charlatan. across the world acclaimed historian Iain McCalman files how Cagliostro crossed paths -- and sometimes swords -- with the likes of Catherine the nice, Marie Antoinette, and Pope Pius VI. He used to be a muse to William Blake and the muse for either Mozart's Magic Flute and Goethe's Faust. Louis XVI had him thrown into the Bastille for his alleged involvement in what may turn out to be often called "the affair of the necklace." but in London, Warsaw, and St. Petersburg, he validated "healing clinics" for the poorest of the negative, and his dexterity within the worlds of alchemy and spiritualism gained him acclaim one of the the Aristocracy throughout Europe.
Also the chief of an unique model of Freemasonry, count number Cagliostro used to be certainly some of the most influential and infamous figures of the latter eighteenth century, overcoming poverty and an ignoble delivery to turn into the darling -- and bane -- of upper-crust Europe.