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Martinism: second period
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Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin created neither an Order nor a society. Whether or not an “apostolic succession”, originating from him, reached into the late 19th century, remains a matter of some debate. In the 1880s, two well-known figures in the Paris esoteric milieu, namely magnetist Henri Delaage (1825-1882) and librarian Augustin Chaboseau (1868-1946), claimed independently to have received such a succession, through an unbroken lineage of “Unknown Superiors” (Supérieurs Inconnus) dating back …

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Introvigne, Massimo, “Martinism: second period”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 12 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_231>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031

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