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Marc Demarest on the Armchair Occultist, Godfrey Higgins: Modern Occultism, and the Professionalization of History
The Armchair Occultist: Godfrey Higgins, Anacalypsis and Modern Occultism Lecture.
Emma Hardinge Britten Archive.
The Church, Christian Spiritualists, and the professional establishment sought to control the influence of occultists. Anacalypsis becomes a popular rediscovery of literature at the time Isis Unveiled is published. Marc Demarest explains how the tyros of Occult Literature and Mythography (1820s-1870s) become entirely “rejected knowledge,” right around the time the process in the professionalization of History c. 1880-1900s is being cemented.