Dan Nicholas Hopkins and the Magic Roots of the English Reformation

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Dear Reader,

As part of my ongoing research into magic in the Renaissance, I have followed the lead of Catholic Historian William Thomas Walsh who suggested that there were revolutionary cells within Europe that directed and organized the Reformation.

One of my own theories (backed by some evidence such as letters from the magician Cornelius Agrippa to a Benedictan Abbot) is that these cells practiced magic.

However, while figures such as John Dee, Giordano Bruno, and Cornelius Agrippa are more famous, there are a number of lesser luminaries that I have come across. Furthermore, while much research has been done on Elizabethan magic, there is little work on magic being practiced by the previous generation of Tudors under Henry VIII.

Yet, in my research of the court of Henry VIII. I have come across an interesting figure in my research: the Carthusian monk, Dan Nicholas Hopkins, who acted as a “soothsayer” for The Duke of Buckingham, providing him with a series of prophecies. When Hopkins was arrested, the other Carthusians denied their connection to Hopkins’s magic.

As a result,  we are left with a tantalizing hint that perhaps later magi such as John Dee did not appear out of nowhere, but were, in fact, links in a generational network of magicians who helped topple Christendom and build the modern world.

Was Henry, Duke of Cornwall Murdered?


Dear Reader,

One of the curious things I have discovered from David Starkey’s work Six Wives is how close England and Spain were during the beginning of the Tudor period under Henry VII and the young Henry VIII. However, as is popularly known, things fell apart when Catherine failed to produce a viable male heir. What is forgotten is that she produced a male, Henry, Duke of Cornwall, who died in infancy.

If this baby would never have died, we would have had a Catholic England, Scotland, USA, New Zealand, South Africa, and Australia, etc. We never would have had political free masonry, liberalism, capitalism, the State of Israel, or Rock and Roll music (or at least the Beatles).

Is it possible that the baby boy was killed? I am struggling to find the cause of death, but let’s take a few things into consideration.

1). Who would benefit most from a fracture between England and Spain?

A: France; the Tudors’ enemies in England–especially the house of York, which was allegedly mistreated by Henry VII; as well as the Jews who had fled to England and had a bitter grudge toward Spain due to the Holy Inquisition.

2). Are there possible suspects?

A: Perhaps De Palma, a converso, who had been removed as ambassador to England by Catherine of Aragon as well as the wet nurses of young Henry.

I am not saying that the baby Henry  was  murdered, but a lot of people benefited from his death.

This matter is definitely something worth looking into.

The Return of the Bear: The Tudors and Magic


As part of my wider research, I have been looking for the legacy of magic in the English Tudor family. It is clear that Elizabeth was well versed in magic, but, drawing from the historian William Thomas Walsh, I strongly believe occult pre-Masonic forces in England were at least partially behind instigating the Reformation.

Well, reading David Starkey’s Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII, I came across an interesting passage. When Catherine of Aragon was brought to England to marry Arthur Tudor, the first son of Henry VII, Catherine was greeted with a pageant that involved the star Arcturus as well as Ursa Major, two celestial entities curiously linked with the mythological figure after whom Arthur Tudor was named.

Moreover, Starkey, in this scene, notes Henry VII’s fondness for astrology.

The return of Arthur or the Great King was a common mythological trope present in Indo-European culture from Virgil’s “Fourth Eclogue” to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Return of the King. 

Also, the movement of the constellation Ursa Major plays a major role in the work The Expulsion of the Triumphant Beast by occultist Giordano Bruno who would later visit England in the Elizabethan period.

Clearly, Henry envisioned (perhaps ironically) his son Arthur as the return of the king that would bring about a restored Golden Age under the constellation Ursa Major.

But is there a deeper occult significance behind this?

How deeply was Henry VII into astrology?

Certainly, figures in the Elizabethan period, like the magus John Dee and poets who were very likely at least at one point “dabblers” like Walter Raleigh, Edmund Spenser, Sir Philip Sidney, and even Shakespeare himself, do not simply show up out of no where. They clearly were part of a tradition of some kind that existed in the shadows.

Two final questions: Why was a trip to England so important for wizards like Giordano Bruno and Cornelius Agrippa?

Was there a connection with the Kabbalah and the Jewish community that fled to England after 1492?