This man is an actual historical figure who knew personally King Louis the 16th and Queen Marie Antoinette of 18th Century France. He knew the famous French philosopher Voltaire who in a letter to King Fredric the Great of Prussia said, "He is a man who never dies and who knows everything."
Leonard Nemoy narrated a television program called "In search of" during the late 1970s. One of these programs was called "In Search of the Man Who Never Died". I just looked at Youtube and couldn't find it there but watched it on TV in the late 1970s.
The man they spoke of was called "The Comte De Saint Germain". At this point because when most people knew him was around the time of the 1750s through about 1800 is covered in a book called "The Comte De Saint Germain". I have a 1912 copy but my daughter found a paperback reprint through Amazon. The reprint doesn't have the letter by him in French longhand that is now in the British Museum, however.
Then there is the Countess D'Ademar was I believe her name. She met him once in her 20s and then again 50 years later and both times she remarked he looked to be in his 40s with his black hair only slightly graying at the temples. I suppose it is from her account and many others that aristocrats began to speak of him as never dying. However, I haven't heard about him after the French revolution during the 1790s, although perhaps he went to England or elsewhere.
Then there is a whole lot of speculation about his either being or suspected of being several alternate egos like Francis Bacon of England(who some believe actually wrote the Shakespearean Plays and who also might have been an illegitimate son of Queen Elizabeth I of England 'it is said there were two illegitimate sons' and that the main reason she did not marry is she didn't want to be killed like her mother even though she had to have her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots beheaded to keep her throne.
One of the other names often associated with "The Comte De Saint Germain" is Prince Ragocy of Transylvania. It is the blending of the legends of Prince Ragocy of Transylvania with the legends of Vlad the Impaler, (the historical Count Dracula) from which spawned the soap opera pulp fiction stories acted out by Bela Lugosi. So Bram Stoker must have heard the rumors and legends and then did some research and put these two stories into one somehow.
The real Prince Ragocy of Transylvania was a miracle worker. And the real Vlad the Impaler(Count Dracula) kept Islam from coming into Northern Europe any further by impaling all the Muslim soldiers who came into Transylvania while still alive on wooden stakes along the road. This discouraged Muslims from attacking Transylvania and eventually Vlad was killed for doing this by Muslims.
The Association with Francis Bacon and the Comte De Saint Germain I think comes from the fact that both Francis Bacon and the Comte De Saint Germain were both Scientists and extremely brilliant. It is said of the Comte De Saint Germain that he spoke all languages then known on earth like he had been raised as a child speaking that language. The main problem is that since all this happened from 500 to 200 years ago it is hard to establish all the facts about all these things today. Something like Vlad impaling thousands of Muslims can be established and their revenge upon him can be established because there were many witnesses to both these occurrences. However, things done that weren't violent are harder to confirm except for the letter of Voltaire and the Memoirs of many historical figures who knew Francis Bacon, Prince Ragocy and the Comte De Saint Germain.
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