They called him “The Deathless One”, “The Immortal Count” and “The Man Who Would Not Die.” Those who knew him intimately swore he never aged. He appeared exactly the same near the start of the 18th century as he did near its end, a span of over eighty years. The Count of Saint-Germain was always described as a striking gentleman between 30-40 years of age, of medium height and a fit build. Those, however, were the only ordinary attributes of a truly extraordinary man. Ladies beat their fans in his presence, saying he possessed ‘a rare perfection of form’ and ‘soft, penetrating eyes.’ Gentlemen admired his ‘intellectual countenance’ and ‘princely liberality.’
He was independently wealthy, though no one could ascertain the source. He never divulged his true name, the time of his birth, or his country of origin. Many tried and failed to uncover his carefully guarded secrets. European courts hailed him as a learned alchemist, a musical savant, a trusted Mason, and an astute diplomat. His enemies were far less flattering, denouncing him as a common charlatan, a devious rogue, or even an enemy spy.
Estimates of his age range from a hundred to over a thousand years.
The secret of his longevity was desired my many and scoffed at by others. Was he a time traveler? A vampire? A wizard? Regardless, the Count was somehow able to slow the human clock and extend his lifespan. The fountain of youth, philosopher’s stone, alchemy, the occult – all means were suspected. If somehow true, did such a feat ultimately become a blessing … or a curse?
We hear accounts of Saint-Germain’s adventures across continents and centuries. In London, he composed operas and spied for the Scottish Rebellion. In Calcutta, he helped the British East India Company defeat the Mughals. For Louis XV, he performed alchemy in French chateaus. For Catherine the Great, he plotted the Tzarina’s coup in St. Petersburg. In between these grand adventures, he vanishes from sight, sometimes for a decade or more, leaving only mystery in his wake. His last known sighting was in Paris during the French Revolution.
The Count’s contemporaries documented his escapades in their memoirs and letters: colorful figures like Voltaire, Madame Pompadour and Marie Antoinette. Through these rare accounts, we raise the veil of mystery and witness the enigmatic Count in action. We hear of him entertaining the French court with his violin at Versailles, performing alchemy in the cellars of the Chateau Chambord. A year later, he is negotiating peace treaties at the Hague, then narrowly escaping arrest as a Scottish spy in London.
Count Saint Germain is not fiction!
He is a true historical adventurer with exploits that spanned the globe and the 18th century. Unfortunately, like footprints on a beach, most records of the Count have been washed from history. The unknowns regarding this enigma far eclipse the knowns. Saint-Germain was, by no stretch of the imagination, a real-life Count of Monte Cristo. Even today, the Theosophists, I AM Activity and Summit Lighthouse Church count him amongst their “Ascended Masters.”
In subsequent blog posts, I’ll detail the historical research behind my novel, THE MAN WHO WOULD NOT DIE. Somewhere buried within lies the truth behind the Count of Saint-Germain.