The man, the myth, the legend.

Dear Count Saint Germain, Are You Still Out There?

By RosieJSargent | The Writers Bloc | 15 Aug 2022

Okay so, if you are a follower of my work then you're probably here because of my 'Who the Hell is Nicolas Flamel?' article, and if you haven't I urge you to read that piece first and then come back to this one. Anyway, I wanted to continue the theme of the alleged alchemist. Claimed immortalists who never age. Let me introduce you to the Count of Saint Germain.

In a book called, Souveniers de Marie-Antoinette (1821) written by Countess d'Adhemar (an intimate friend of the Queen) she names Saint Germain multiple times, describing him to be about 'forty to forty-five years old.' She writes:

"He appeared at the court long before me. It was 1743...whence did he come? That is what no one has ever been able to learn."

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She continues to say:

"his countenance, haughty, intellectual, acute, stuck one at first sight.'

Finally, adding:

"I saw Saint Germain again, and always to my unspeakable surprise: at the assassination of the Queen."

It is believed that Count Saint Germain was fluent in French, Spanish, German, English, Russian, Dutch, and Portuguese. In addition to being familiar with Chinese, Arabic, Latin and even Ancient Greek and Sanskrit. He was a painter, a violinist, knowledgable of all cultures and nations and always appeared forty to forty-five in age.

Sanskrit: An ancient and classical language of India.

However, not everyone was dazzled by that of the Count. An unimpressed (and perhaps envious) account of Saint Germain's character from famous lover Giacomo Girolamo Casanova reads:

"This extraordinary man...would say in an easy and assured manner, that he was three hundred years old, he knew the secret of universal medicine, that he possessed a mastery over nature, that he could melt diamonds..."

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Now, this is what gets me about the Count, this isn't just some mythical creature or legendary character. I mean, some people believe this guy might be a vampire because he maybe or maybe not be the son of Prince Franz-Leopold Rakoczy (or Ragoczy) a prince of Transylvania.

Further to this theory, it is believed that he was to be raised and tutored by the wealthy Medici banking family of Italy. Which explains his astounding intellect as an adult. The second theory of his birth suggests he was born to an unnamed Portuguese Jew. However, neither version of his origins can be known for certain, as there are no birth or funeral records of the count, and the count's real name is unknown. 'Saint-Germaine' was a pseudonym he derived for himself.

Nevertheless, this is a real person who has lived or is still currently living. He is a real historical figure, verified by many people, including Voltaire, Catherine the Great and Horace Walpole and many, many more. Saint Germain even claimed himself that he 'possess the secret of eternal youth, one of the two traditional goals of alchemy.'

Voltaire famously wrote of Saint Germain as:

"A man who never dies and who knows everything."

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He was arrested in London, around 1743, for being a highly wanted Jacobite spy. Catherine the Great was purportedly aided by Saint-Germain in her becoming the Empress of Russia in 1762. Louis XV of France trusted Saint-Germaine so completely during his reign that he was the only one, save the king himself, allowed inside the rooms of Louis' favoured mistress Madame de Pompadour. Furthermore, Louis XV had initially met Saint-Germain because the king had requested his aid in diplomatic affairs.

Horace Walpole writes in a letter to the Fourth Earl of Oxford regarding Saint Germain as:

"An odd man, who goes by the name of Comte St. Germain. He had been here these two years [England], and will not tell who he is, or whence, but professes that he does not go by his right name. He signs, plays on the violin wonderfully composes, is mad, and not very sensible. He is called an Italian, a Spaniard, a Pole; somebody that married a great fortune in Mexico, and ran away with her jewels to Constantinople, a priest, a fiddler, a vast nobleman. The prince of Wales has had an unsatiated curiosity about him but in vain."

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According to historical records, Count Saint Germain died on 27th February 1784. However, Albert Dresden Vandam's memoir An Englishman in Paris (1820) seems to correlate to Walpole's observation as he writes:

"He lived alone and never alluded to his family. Moreover, he was lavish with money, though the source of his fortune remained a mystery to everyone. He possessed a marvellous knowledge of all the countries in Europe at all periods"

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Vandam claimed the man went by the name of 'Major Laser' and was between the ages of forty and forty-five. Similarly, to Germain he stunned the Parisian Court, claiming to know a host of historical figures from the Roman Empire Nero to Dante, before suddenly disappearing without a trace.

This said Major Laser then went on to publish a book of his journey through the Himalayas (1820), in which he said he had reached Gangotri, the source of the most sacred river.

Gangotri is the seat of the goddess Ganga and the origin of the sacred river Ganga. For thousands of years, yogis have aspired to absorb the sacred energy of the Ganga at its source, and receive the blessings of the immortal masters whose vibrations pervade the entire region. According to Hindu legends, the most sacred of all rivers, the Ganges (or Ganga), descended from heaven to earth at Gangotri, when Lord Shiva released the mighty river from his locks.

In a book entitled Kleine Wiener Memorien (1843) author Franz Graeffer wrote:

"Towards the end of the century, I will disappear out of Europe and betake myself to the region of the Himalayas."

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And this was after Saint Germain (Major Laser) had supposedly confined in his plans with Graeffer. And it doesn't end here...

Reported sights of Count Saint Germain go well into the 19th and 20th centuries, with an actor having claimed to be as such:

"Richard Chanfray, the man who claimed to be the Count in the 1970s. Chanfray appeared on television with his claim and supposedly changed lead into gold."

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Chanfray committed suicide in Saint Tropez in 1983, but claims say that nobody ever discovered only a suicide note that was left. Although, I feel that one may be a mystery in itself if nothing to do with Count Saint Germain.

This character is a walking mystery, whether an alchemist, vampire, time-traveller or has a ridiculous skincare routine, he is the definition of mystery. There's so much more to this individual and implore you all to fall down this deep rabbit hole that is Count Saint Germain.

Maybe you've walked past him in the street and didn't realise. Maybe Germain and Flamel know each other. Who knows? But one thing is for certain, all of this is real.

If you want to find out more, Isabel Cooper Oakley's biography The Comte de St. Germain (1912) is held as the best text surrounding this mysterious figure:


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