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Angels, Angels, everywhere III… Stuart France

* “The nine orders of Angelic Being mattered because the divisions echoed the Trinity and because they corresponded to the nine-fold partition of the heavens.” * * “From the Empyrean in descending order the spheres were those of the ‘first … Continue reading

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Linking the Chain III… Stuart France

* “Despite Copernicus, the educated Elizabethan inhabited a geocentric universe whose movements were directed from a fiery, light-filled heaven, situated beyond the fixed stars, by a fiery, light-filled Super-Being.” * * “Between this, the ‘highest-heaven’, and the created universe was … Continue reading

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Linking the Chain II… Stuart France

* “The Elements, then, were not links in a simple chain but acted more as ‘inherent principles’ within the chain as a whole…” * * “Similarly, the perfected parts of inanimate nature, operated at heights far removed from what might … Continue reading

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Linking the Chain… Stuart France

* “The idea of ‘Creation’s Ladder’ as uniform and consistent must be relinquished.” * * “Many aspects of it could not be compressed into such stricture.” * * “The Four Elements, being inanimate, should, one might suppose, take their place … Continue reading

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Adoration of the One? III… Stuart France

* “As an aid to poesis the Chain of Being works in numerous ways.” * * “It lends life to the notion of an interconnected cosmos without superfluity and raises the dignity of creation by recognising its symbiotic heights and … Continue reading

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Adoration of the One? II… Stuart France

* “Another curiosity, found in the Chain of Being, held that each class possessed a ‘primate’.” * * “The eagle among birds, the lion among beasts, the king or emperor among men.” * * “Other primacies were the sun among … Continue reading

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Adoration of the One?… Stuart France

* “It is a curious attribute of the Chain of Being, that it allowed every class to excel, ‘after its own heart’.” * * “Stones may be considered ‘lowly’ but they ‘trump’ the class above them, plants, in both strength … Continue reading

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