The Sorcerer of Kings
The Case of Daniel Dunglas Home and William Crookes
By (author) Gordon Stein
Sorcerer of Kings by Gordon Stein
Book DescriptionSpiritualism spread rapidly both in Britain and in the United States, with mediums setting up shop everywhere. Some mediums were obvious charlatans, while others were highly skilled conjurors. Some sincerely believed they had psychic power. Gradually, a number of the more skilful mediums gained reputations that brought them national and international fame. Among these 'superstars' was Daniel Dunglas Home, recognised as one of the finest mediums of the nineteenth-century. 19th century Scientists remained aloof about the phenomena of spiritualism, unwilling to attend seances or examine the phenomena under controlled conditions. A rare exception was Sir William Crookes, a chemist and physicist who was roundly ridiculed by many of his fellow scientists for his five-year investigation of a number of important spiritualists and mediums, including Daniel Dunglas Home, Florence Cook, and Anna Eva Fay. Although many were later proven to be frauds, Daniel Dunglas Home was able to escape detection - until now. "The Sorcerer of Kings" takes readers inside the testing procedures of Crookes to explore just what his investigation entailed. What made Sir William a believer? How could so many other mediums fall victim to their own gimmicks, while Home successfully overcame efforts to expose him? Noted researcher Gordon Stein unwraps this century-old mystery to reach startling new conclusions about a man whose 'powers' were eagerly sought on two continents, and the man of science who attempted to find him out once and for all.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780879758639
(230mm x 155mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Prometheus Books
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publish Date: 1-Jun-1993
Country of Publication: United States
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Encyclopedia of the Paranormal, Hardback (February 1996)
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Anthology of Atheism and Rationalism, Paperback (September 1980)» View all books by Gordon Stein
Offering an introduction to the writings of the freethinkers, this book leads people of various religious persuasions to an increased appreciation of the scope and limitations of their own opinions and attitudes on these issues, including the existence of God, the definition of atheism and rationalism, and the existence of the Devil.
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