January 14, 2012 § Leave a comment
“The only coinage of nobles which has been attributed to alchemy was that made by Edward III in 1344. The gold used in this coinage is supposed to have been manufactured in the Tower, the adept in question was not Raymond Lully, but the English Ripley.”
– From Lives of Alchemystical Philosophers, by Arthur Edward Waite (1888)
We know that a good story, told with assurance and a sanguine nod, is an entryway to a complex house. Generations can pass inside, each new teller in turn captivated by the intricacies of it’s construction. Whispers of hidden halls draw some deeper, seeking temple foundations beneath a common wood floor.
And then someone passes by and mentions the entire house, history and all, is built with ephemeral and misleading words, oh you thought that was a hallway? You must have misread, or misheard, you’re still standing awkward, awaiting entrance on the porch outside.
There is a story that recounts Raymond Lull’s time minting coins for King Edward in the Tower of London. This story is a perfect example of the houses we are discussing, its construction paid for with 14th century gold coins, minted in the 15th century. Shall we investigate?