Heydon, John
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Heydon, John (Eugenius Theodidactus), * 1626 (England), † ca. 1665 (London)?

Under this name, some of the most luminous prose of late Renaissance Hermeticism was published. Passages worthy of English writers like → Elias Ashmole, → Francis Bacon, → Henry More, Walter Raleigh, and → Thomas Vaughan and of Continental masters like → Agrippa, → Ficino, → Paracelsus, and even → Hermes Trismegistus appeared under Heydon's name or his pseudonym Eugenius Theodidactus (i.e., a gentleman taught by God) between 1655 and 1665. Indeed, the passages were first published…

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Willard, Thomas, “Heydon, John”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 17 March 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_166>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031

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