This mysterious eighteenth-century figure keeps intriguing historians and onlookers alike, as there are multiple records of his presence throughout history. At the same time, nobody really knows anything about the circumstances of his birth, and there are several different stories and dates attributed to his death. Some people are even convinced that he is still alive.
What has been recorded is that he was a man of many and extraordinary abilities – they say that he spoke many languages, that he was an alchemist, and through that mystical art he not only discovered the secret of eternal life but also knew how to convert various metals into gold. According to Historic Mysteries, he was also a man of great artistic talent, a great musician, and a competent linguist.
Since the place and circumstances of his birth are completely unknown, the Count of Saint Germain may have not been a count at all.
However, there have been many theories throughout the centuries – some believe that he was a man of noble birth whose family was dishonored in some way and, therefore, had to hide his true identity.
Others believe that he was born long before his presence was documented and that he was actually an immortal being. Theosophists – people who belong to an esoteric religious movement established in the United States during the late nineteenth century – believe that he could be some sort of “oriental magician.” Whoever he was, he never divulged any information about his birth to anyone during his life, as far as we know.
It seems that the mysterious count appeared and came into prominence in Europe’s high society around the year 1710. At that time, he seemed to be in his fifties. Historical records claim that he has always looked like a middle-aged man throughout the centuries – as if he were unable to grow old.
From 1737-1742, he was supposedly in Persia, where he dedicated his time to studying alchemy. He went to Versailles in 1742 and later, in 1743, he was in England during the Jacobite Revolution. Then, he went to Vienna to visit Frederick the Great and afterward to Edinburgh in 1745.
There are records of his presence in India since 1755, and upon his return, he resided for a time at the Royal Chateau de Chambord in Touraine on King Louis XV’s invitation. There, he met Voltaire, who appeared to be impressed with him.
After leaving France, the count went to the Hague and to London in 1760. In 1762, he went to Russia, where he was supposedly involved in the revolution under the pseudonym of Graf Saltikoff.
Later, he traveled to Germany and Bavaria, all the while maintaining the appearance of a middle-aged man – he never seemed to age.
A man of many talents
He was reportedly a very talented musician and composer who shared his work with Tchaikovsky and Prince Ferdinand von Lobkowitz. Two of his compositions are preserved in the British Museum – one of them was written in 1745 and the other one in 1760. He even performed on the harpsichord for Frederick the Great.
According to the records of that time, the Count of Saint Germain was said to have knowledge of Sanskrit, Chinese, and Arabic. In addition, he spoke perfect Swedish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Russian.
He was a painter of some renown, and it was said that he could make the jewels of his paintings look surprisingly and strikingly realistic. He was also a collector of diamonds and wore many of them during social events. There were those who claimed that he could also fix defective and flawed diamonds.
A halo of mystery surrounded this figure because of his great skills, and also for the comments he made about past times, almost as if he had personally witnessed them.
His life was a constant journey. He traveled far and wide, even to places as remote as Turkey, Tibet, Mexico, Africa or China – which were fairly inaccessible at the time. In many of the places he visited, his identity was protected under different names to that of Count Saint-Germain.
In Holland he became known as Count of Surmont, In Belgium as Marqués de Montserrat. In Russia, where he rubbed shoulders with Catherine II and was appointed as a counselor to Count Alexi Orlov, he became known as General Welldone. In Germany, he called himself Prince Rakoczy, but his true identity was discovered, which made his departure inevitable.
Several different “deaths”
The first record of his death and burial was on February 27, 1784, in Germany while under the protection of Prince Charles of Hesse-Cassel. However, another death record was found that same year in Silesia, Poland.
At this point is when his story starts to become quite strange. The Count of Saint-Germain appeared before Queen Marie Antoinette of France in 1789, five years after his alleged “death,” as fresh and radiant as a rose.
That was not the only record of encounters with famous people that happened way past his professed demise. Each of these stories contributed to the exponential growth of the mystery that surrounded his figure.
Nowadays, there are many who say that the Count was already alive in ancient Egypt, in imperial Rome, in the Middle Ages, and in different regions of modern Europe.
It is believed that his French name derives from the Latin “Sanctus Germanus,” which means “holy brother.”
He has been linked to several secret societies, including the Rosicrucians, Freemasons, Society of Asiatic Brothers, the Knights of Light, the Illuminati, and Order of the Templars.
It is said that he inspired Akhenaten to found the monotheistic cult when the sun was revealed to him. The construction of the temple of Solomon is attributed to him, and centuries later, the foundation of Freemasonry.
About his birth, some say that he was born in 1696, as the son of Ferenz II Rakoczy, last king of Transylvania.
It is also believed that he operated under the name Christian Rosenkreutz, who founded Rosicrucianism – a spiritual and cultural movement which arose in Europe in the early 17th century. They also claim that he was the philosopher and scientist Francis Bacon.
Some rumors claim that he was the one who gave away the secret maps that allowed Christopher Columbus to discover America. He is also credited with a role in the founding of the United States of America.
A true mystery that still continues to feed the curiosity of experts and people alike all over the world.