1. Time Traveling With R.E. Prindle


R.E. Prindle


The deeper one gets into Reynolds the more deep it gets. The question becomes how did perhaps, after Walter Scott, the greatest English novelist of his or any other time get swept under the historical rug or in contemporary terms disappear down the memory hole. While I can only claim to have begun my study I am overwhelmed by George’s narrative abilities.

In my study I have been introduced to various writers of George’s period of which I had only known by name such as William Harrison Ainsworth, Bulwer-Lytton, Charles Lever, Captain Marryat, Dickens and Thackeray of course, and none can compare to him. This was a stellar cast in English literature, too. Of succeeding writers such as Trollope, Eliot, Collins, Mrs. Gaskell and a host of others appear as epigone to my mind. Apart from, perhaps, Thackeray, Reynolds is easily the most prolific.

He did however have one tragic flaw, if he liked something he read he either emulated or appropriated it. While perhaps not so obvious now as it was glaring at that time. A key example will appear in this essay, that of Georges appropriation of Harrison Ainsworth’s Ride of Dick Turpin from his novel Rookwood.

A word on Harrison Ainsworth as background. Ainsworth in his time was as famous as either Dickens or Reynolds with Dickens only, so far, surviving the test of time. This is difficult for me to understand. Dickens makes for painful reading. Ainsworth was prolific and had an extended career although dim at the end. He was from Manchester and a Midlands, almost regional author. He made his fame on what were called Newgate novels. Like others he was active as a magazine editor having an eponymous magazine, Ainsworth’s to showcase his writing. He was a very social type who enjoyed his fellowship of writers. He ran a literary salon out of his house in Kensal Green to which Reynolds was not invited.

As a writer, after Rookwood published in 1832 which established his reputation he was most successful from 1838 to 1845 when he issued his string of historical novels based on English history. These are quite good. Competent with flashes but not quite genius level. His account of the plague year of 1665 and London fire of 1666 is outstanding. His later career had its ups and downs but his histories of the John Law currency scandal in France and the South Sea Bubble in England are well worth reading.

Reynolds took up his pen in 1844 to successfully launch his career with his Masterwork, The Mysteries of London as Ainsworth’s masterly historical novels were appearing one after another. In reading both authors I sometimes have trouble distinguishing which author I’m reading; so, after several failed attempts, excluding his Dickens appropriation of Mr. Pickwick with his Pickwick Abroad, Reynolds probably adjusted his style to that of Ainsworth. While Ainsworth’s style is flat and Dickens slightly archaic I find Reynolds’ to be quite modern. While Ainsworth’s style is flat, mostly surface, Reynolds has an amazing depth as he strives for every nuance to bring his characters to life. Of course, his style changes slightly with the advancing years.

While I have not read every thing I have read much of the oeuvre and except for his historical novels which form a large part of his corpus he places his contemporary novels in the years from 1826 into the forties. He seems to set up those novels from 1826 into the forties, and then to their conclusions. As his mind was fixated on that period, other than age, a possible reason for his ceasing to write novels about 1860 was that his novels became dated. Strangely even though his works were selling very well when he stopped novel writing he sold his copyrights to his printer John Dicks and never looked back. By that time he was very well off, dying in the seventies with twenty thousand pounds in the bank.

Ainsworth himself in his later years after 1860 also struggled to appeal to contemporary readers. The late fifties to the break time of 1860 was when the Romantic period faded and Auguste Comte’s Positivism commanded and that was finished by Herbert Spencer. Darwin published his Origin of Species in 1859 leading the scientific succession from Comte and Spencer. Spencer sat astride the succession.

The role of psychology was developing rapidly during the thirties, forties, and fifties and Reynolds who was deeply interested in human maturation was no mean psychologist. He is quite remarkable. The principal work I am studying here is Series III of the Mysteries of the Court of London.

The final two series have nothing to do with the Court but the title must have been worth something so he continued it much as Stiff attempted to do when Reynolds left Stiff’s Mysteries of London. I first came upon Reynolds through the first two series of The Mysteries of the Court of London that bowled me over. Gradually as my interest expanded I discovered the Valancourt edition of The Mysteries of London that really excited my interest. And then I came across a bibliography of his work that is as inclusive as any but still misses a number of his titles, many of them virtually unknown. Even with his two major works, the Mysteries the first two series of each are well known and until recently the latter two volumes of each are, if not unknown, neglected. Wildside Press began to publish Lady Saxondales’s Crimes of the Court but gave up after a combined edition of the first two volumes of the 1900 Oxford Society edition, presumably from lack of interest although they did publish all five volumes of the fourth series, The Fortunes of the Ashtons. Those volumes are out as remainders. When those have been gone through the volumes will be scarce.

The whole series of the Court was serialized from 1848 to 1856. I think most readers, as few as they may be, believe that Series I & II occupy that whole space and I did also. Actually the first two Series were finished sometime in 1852, Lady Saxondale would have been from perhaps l853-54 and the Ashtons from 1855 and 1856. Dicks then published all four series in eight volumes.

For as popular as Reynolds was said to be it seems odd that copies of early printings are impossible to find except in American editions that are slightly less difficult to find mostly in the odd volume. So for the two Mysteries one has to rely on The Oxford Society edition. They publish the four series in five volumes each instead of two as with Dicks.

This Oxford Society itself seems to have disappeared without a trace. Scholars in England have been unable to locate it, yet they published the last edition of the Mysteries of the Court while combining with the Richard Francis Burton Society of Boston. The edition was in multiple forms and apparently a fairly large number. The title page says that it was published for members of the Society but they had a deluxe edition of a thousand copies, a flexible leather covered ‘paper back’ edition and an edition of apparently ten volumes combining two volumes each listed as London and Boston. Either the Oxford Society Membership was very large or the publishers merely published under that name as no evidence of the society is known. In any event Reynolds sales continued until WWI when nearly all memory of him vanished under the Guns Of August.

As a note for those not familiar with Richard Francis Burton he was a noted Ethnologist and Anthropologist as well as one of the most famous of explorers that opened Europe to the world. His expeditions take a prominent place in the opening of Africa while his studies of Moslem literature have still a prominent place in Ethnic studies. His most famous work is A Secret Pilgramage to Mecca and Medina when he is alleged to have been the first European to penetrate to the Kabah. I have been able to learn nothing of the Burton Society of Boston.

There is no biography extant about Reynolds. Dick Collins’ short essay published as a preface in the Valancourt Edition of Reynolds’ title The Necromancer being the closest we have. However, Dick Collins points out that George was a highly auto-biographical writer so that armed with the few acts and hints Collins puts out it is possible to get a probable history of the writer.

This is possible because as he is an astute psychologist his works can be seen as essays in self-analysis. In Vol. III the depiction or analysis of Lady Saxondale is central from her first crime to the dissolution of her character. The maturations of all the characters are thoroughly examined while Freud would not have been disappointed in the results. I know, because I’m not. So, sometime in late 1853 Reynolds began the third series of the Court of London

Reynolds was a revolutionary. During the forties he had been a central participant in the evolutionary Chartist Movement of England. He does not seem to have been involved in Marxism. I have found no reference to the Communist Manifesto of 1847. Reynolds career as a violent revolutionist collapsed after the failed Revolution of 1848 in which he played a prominent part in England. He first became a revolutionist when he arrived in France in 1830. His analysis was that the violence of that revolution cleared away ancient customs allowing for a brave new world. From 1830 for the eighteen years to 1848 he was an active revolutionist using his literature to subvert the existing order. His major role in the 1848 revolution was his literary agitation against the Crown and the Aristocracy. All of his writing is subversive. As a violent revolutionist he did not endear himself to the other Chartist leaders.

One of his problems other than advocating violence was that he always had financial schemes that were probably on the edge of legitimacy. Accounts of such schemes fill his pages. His sons were later convicted for employing financial schemes. Con men abound with the most vile criminal figures in every book. Crime is the central theme of Lady Saxondale’s Crimes, indeed, crime is the last word in the title. Lady Saxondale tries to solve all her problems with criminal acts that get her in deeper and deeper blasting nearly all those around her.

Reynolds frequently mentions crimes committed in youth and how they are redeemed by virtue in maturity. Undoubtedly he is referring to himself. An interesting example in Crimes is Lady Bess who will figure in this analysis. Following his regular method she and her brother were orphans. Reynolds and his brother were orphaned. Their father died when Reynolds himself was eight and his mother died when he was sixteen. Orphans and sixteen year olds ramble through his pages.

His first book was written in 1832 when he was eighteen and published in 1835. It was a record of a crime he committed that scarred him for life. His mother died in March of 1830 and George was placed in the guardianship of his father’s best friend Duncan McArthur. He is the McArthur of Reynolds third name. He was a naval doctor living in Walmer. Dick Collins thinks it not unlikely that McArthur bought bodies from Resurrection Men. It was from these men that doctors obtained bodies for dissection and scientific experiments. Once again such doctors have prominent places in his novels. If Reynolds was aware of this and if McArthur indoctrinated him in these practices that he describes so well Georges’ mind was profoundly affected. Perhaps McArthur had an anatomical museum such as the one that Dr. Ferney has in Crimes that George describes so minutely.

George’s father probably appointed his friend as guardian to give his sons male guidance in case of his death. If so, he made the wrong choice. In another place, his novel the Steam Packet, George has a character, probably an alter ego and an orphan declare that his character hated his guardian who was overbearing and brutal who also was executor of his parents will and would never tell how much the legacy was or what it consisted of. In the dispute about how much George inherited if there was a will then it must have substantial enough for McArthur to possibly appropriate it for his own purposes which as executor he could do. In the absence of details one can only speculate but there does seem to be an issue here.

When George wrote his first version of the novel in 1832 he may have felt it too early to the crime depicted to publish so he waited for three years and then probably rewrote or edited it, as he had had time to think the material over.  The novel titled A Youthful Impostor involves a sixteen year old youth who is a cadet at the English military academy at Sandhurst in Berkshire as was Reynolds. Thus his obsession with sixteen year olds. One time coming back to the school from London to Hounslow his character was accosted on the road by two highwaymen as a third watched. After being bandied by the two, the third who watched from a distance thought he would be ideal for a swindling operation he had in mind. The Youth is recruited. In real life this would have been between September and December 1830. In the novel the swindle goes well and the youth is treated to a couple months of the highlife before the swindle goes sour. In real life this must have been the time that George became familiar with Long’s Hotel. Long’s was the posh hotel in London. Reynolds refers to it frequently in his novels.

The bubble must have burst in December so that Reynolds fled to the Continent to avoid prosecution. Then began his exile of five years. Collins believes that Reynolds was involved in criminal activities such as using loaded dice. As George believes that adult honesty redeemed criminal activity he must be referring to himself.

Fresh from a criminal milieu then, this sixteen year old set out to conquer the world by any means necessary. George is so familiar with con games, cheats and sponging that one thinks he must have experienced such activities. I think George did. He was especially solicitous of the gendarmes in Pickwick Abroad so that one imagines that he was quite familiar with them and probably saw first hand the insides of the jails he so minutely describes.

On the other hand George was a curious guy. He came, he saw, and picked a few pockets.

And so, Lady Bess of Crimes who had lost sight of her brother, she was told he was dead, is reunited with him; he is horrified to find that she is a lady highwayman living a life of crime. This is Geroge speaking through Lady Bess now, that when, she explained to her brother, when she was thrown destitute out on the world she had two evil choices, one was to sacrifice her chastity and live a life of degradation and shame from which she could never recover or take up a life of crime while retaining her precious chastity and therefore remain pure while the crimes she was committing could be readily forgiven an hence with her chastity secure she could reenter society as she will when the orphans are discovered to be of noble parentage on the bastard side.

So, while George had erred as the Youthful Impostor his own life had been redeemed by his success as an author and publisher. His crimes in his mind were swept under the rug. A little sophistry goes a long way. Sexual purity, by the way, obsesses George.

Reynolds writing also encompasses several genres from fairy tales to history to true romance, to crime and others. Per its title, Lady Saxondale’s Crimes is primarily a crime and mystery novel with a lot of romance. He does have an audience to maintain and this is the way he does it. Remember the episodes are published on a weekly basis so he has to follow a Perils of Pauline type cliffhanger formula.

The starting point for Lady Saxondale that develops into quite a string of crimes began when she presents her elderly husband with an heir to the title. From a first marriage he has a ne’er do well son name Ralph Farefield who is depending on his inheritance to bail a wastrel life out. When Lady Saxondale’s son is born who displaces him, Ralph determines to remove the baby. This introduces the criminal character Chiffin the Cannibal who is quite reminiscent of the Resurrection Man of Mysteries of London. The chief difference here is that Chiffen is a creation of George’s imagination rather then erupted from his subconscious as did Tony Tidkins, the Resurrection Man. While Tidkins was organic Chiffin has the manufactured feel, however quite good.

Having now read a few million of Georges twenty million plus words I am getting more comfortable with Reynolds’ mind. It now becomes apparent that he is creating his own universe. For instance, this is the first time I’ve noticed him do this, he takes a character from another novel and works him in. I had just finished his million worder Mary Price before beginning Crime. In Mary Price he introduces a ne-er do well strolling player by the name of Thompson who was still alive at novel’s end. In that novel we now learn he had become involved in a valuable secret that Harietta (Lady Saxondale) needs. Mary Price was begun in 1850 running concurrently with the second series of Mysteries of the Court. The first series of that novel terminated and was published in book form in 1853. The last we saw of Thompson he was in prison on some charge of flim flam. He was obviously an obscure personage as no one in Saxondale has ever heard of him nor is he known to be dead or alive.

Lady Saxondale actuates a dragnet at some expense to locate him. I imagine that if Reynolds could have planned his whole oeuvre consciously in 1844 he might have composed a huge panoramic novel. Subconsciously he has, as the novels can be integrated but with shifting casts of characters. Tony Tidkins, the Resurrection Man could have been kept alive thus appearing here obviating the need for Chiffin. The two characters are quite close with Chiffin doing some resurrection work.

Well, Ralph the Heir employs Chiffen to abduct and murder the infant which he promises to do. Circumstances prevent the murder. Lady Saxondale, Harriet is determined that Ralph shall not inherit. She sets out to find the child. The astute reader intuits that she will not find it but will find a substitute. The difficulty here is that the real baby has a strawberry birthmark on his shoulder. Harriet was an aristocrat you know; in those day an aristocrat could do and get away with anything they willed. Harriet appealed toa Dr. Ferney to create the strawberry on the substitute.

A reader familiar with Reynolds knows doctors, medical matters, are an obsession with him. This probably refers back to his guardian, Duncan McArthur. He creates many and Dr. Ferney, along with Tidkins, the Resurrection man, is perfect of his kind. Now, of course the reader can guess the baby is a duplicate but that’s about all. It’s pretty clear that one of the characters is going to be the real baby. Which one. George keeps his audience guessing, strings the issue out. However, Ferney’s depiction is wonderful. According to biographer Dick Collins, Georges guardian who you will remember had been his father’s best friend, Duncan McArthur had been a doctor in Walmer, Kent who also bought bodies from resurrection men. Collins speculates that George had even worked with Duncan, perhaps even accompanying him on a removal. At any rate George’s description of Dr Ferney seems really detailed, the kind of detail you can only get by having been involved.

George’s doctors always have a museum of embalmed body parts, the random head collection and the obsession with creating life. These doctors appear regularly. The description of Ferney’s collection is magnificent. Of course, Ferney falls deeply in love with Harriet having met her while grafting the strawberry on the substitute. Ferney’s crime haunts him carrying that frightful secret as a burden.

Ralph becomes desperate when he learns of the discovery of the child or replacement. He now has to murder the replacement, in the process he is discovered by Harriet and murdered in the crypt of the Saxondale private chapel. This is because Harriet has a vial of newly discovered chloroform acquired from Dr. Ferney. One whiff of which lays you out. She gave Ralph a whiff and shoved him into the pool and walks out locking the door behind her. Nobody ever visits the chapel so she thinks she is cool.

At this point she has launched herself into a life of hideous crimes that will unfold one after the other. If you think Harriet was alone in her crimes you are mistaken. There will be many crimes and many criminals. For the most attractive of them George reinvents the wonderful Lady Lade, Letitia Lade, from the first series of the Court of London. In that novel she was an associate of Tim Meagles who was a very close buddy of George IV as a young man. She was known as an Amazon and Diana the Huntress. Appellations of Lady Bess. She wears men’s clothes as does Lady Bess. Meagles was based on the relationship of the real life Beau George Brummell with George IV.

George Reynolds introduces Lady Bess, also known as Elizabeth Paton. She is a difficult character, as we will learn she was the sister of Francis Paton, presumably orphans, but we will learn further on that they are the natural children of Lord Everdean who mated with Lady Everton, a married lady to produce them out of wedlock. Lord Everdean finds it expedient to leave England for a decade or but when Lady Everton’s husband dies he returns to reconcile with that widowed Lady. He also reunites with his two children. He can forgive Lady Bess for her criminal activities because she has jealously guarded her virginity so that she is pure.

Lady Bess while not hardened ran with and commanded a ferocious gang led Chiffin the Cannibal. Bess is a lady highwayman. Reynolds is associated with the Newgate Calendar school of Penny Dreadful writers along with Ainsworth although neither really fits that description. The Newgate Calendar was a series of brief histories of famous crimes and criminals that writers mined for their own stories.

Reynolds is very familiar with the Newgate Calendar and especially likes the character of the highwayman, perhaps because of his youthful encounter. He also favors female characters dressed in men’s clothes. Lady Bess fits all his preferences. As her story begins she along with Chiffin are holding up a stages coach quite close to where she lives. Her victims are two lawyers, Marlow and Malton who will figure prominently in the novel. Things go wrong when Marlow punches Lady Bess and knocks her down thus capturing her. She talks them into taking her to her house, where she lives for crying out loud, to tidy up. Incredible as that sounds she has a hutch of carrier pigeons so that she pens a note in code, attaches it under a wing and sends it off. It seems that there is a criminal network that is connected by carrier pigeon from London to Dover.

Hang in now, don’t leave me, George, as I pointed out, was much influenced by Harrison Ainsworth. Ainsworth wrote a novel in 1832 titled Rookwood. This was one of the first Newgate novels from which he selected as a hero the legendary highwayman, Dick Turpin. In it Turpin commits a crime in London and to foil detection he set out on a wild non-stop ride to York two hundred miles distant. He rides his wonder horse Black Bess, hence Lady Bess is a tribute, at top speed the two hundred miles in eight hours, a seemingly impossible feat. That means he can claim to have been in York when the crime was committed in London. Confederates could claim that he had been seen in York during those eight hours.

Ainsworth’s depiction of Dick Turpin’s ride created a sensation while making his reputation. George was one of those in the admiring crowd. As ever George lifted the story, which was obvious to everyone, much as he had Dickens Mr. Pickwick for his own Pickwick Abroad. While it might appear that George was plagiarizing, and I suppose he was, he apparently wanted to emulate, or appropriate, that which he admired. Hence Lady Bess does a ride from London to Dover in five and half hours.

Now, Dick Turpin’s great horse, Black Bess, dropped dead after her grueling race of eight hours. George Reynolds’ objected to that in Lady Bess’ case although in Crimes of Lady Saxondale he has Count Christoval make a dash from Madrid to Barcelona, 300 miles, in an effort to save a man from hanging, in which the horse does drop dead at the end of the run. In his The Necromancer he has the devil, Danvers’, make a run from London to the Isle of Wight over hill and dale and water with no ill effects to his magic horse.

Lady Bess’ pigeon post is set up on a start, two relays and a finish system. Thus, while the two lawyers, Marlow and Malton, are waiting Lady Bess sends off her pigeon to the first relay station. Pigeons apparently fly sixty miles an hour thus arriving before Lady Bess.

The lawyers hear her horse clatter off realizing that they have been hoodwinked. Now Turpin was followed by a posse who were delayed by changing horses so the lawyers rode off after Bess but are no match for her. The first relay station prepares a horse for her so that she can jump off hers and remount within seconds. That station then sends the pigeon on to the second station signaling that Bess is on the way. The second station repeats sending the final message to the terminal point the Admiral Hotel in Dover.

Ainsworth had Turpin and Black Bess clatter noisily through towns; George notices this error so he has Bess ride around towns to avoid notice which she can do because she knows the whole of Kent like the back of her hand. Arriving at Dover at daybreak (4:00 AM in England at that season and latitude) she checks into the Admiral hotel whose owners are in cahoots and have prepared an alibi and set it up. Unlike the desperate characters of London who look and act vicious, these criminals in Dover maintain the appearance of respectability and hence can function within the law as well as without. When Marlow and Malton arrive and try to bring charges the magistrates blow them off as Bess couldn’t have been in two places at once. Bess wins that one

To follow the Lady Bess thread of the novel a little further, she had been separated from her brother Frank Paton a few years earlier. She had lost track of him but then she spots him walking down the street. He was wearing the livery of Lady Saxondale whose footman he was. Bess rescues him from service, which was considered an indignity, but he is aghast when he learns she is a criminal. Here George indulges in a little sophistry. In order to reconcile Frank she explains that when they were separated she had no means, having only the choice of sacrificing that greatest jewel that woman possesses, that is her virginity, and become a kept woman or worse or turning to crime which was a much lesser evil than becoming frail and living off her body. Frank thinks for a couple minutes and agrees. I offer no opinion of my own.

Some adventures intervene until their father, unknown to them, Lord Eagledean returns to England, tracks them down along with their mother who, it may be kept in mind, was seduced from virtue byhim making her a frail twice over. Eagledean is fabulously wealthy, we are talking millions of pounds, a multi-billionaire in today’s money, so the two orphans are now fabulously wealthy while being elevated to the nobility. Nice trick, Lady Bess becomes Elizabeth and amazingly drops her whole criminal psychology. She had maintained that jewel of womanhood so that probably redeemed her criminal career while making her acceptable to Eagledean.

Lord Eagledean is an enigmatic character. While he maintains that he is a virtuous, highly principled person who is highly censorious of other people’s conduct his methods hover around the unethical into hypocrisy. It is difficult to determine what Reynolds wants readers to think of the man. Is it Reynolds’ art that he preaches the contrast between Eagledean’s word an his actions so as to let the reader form his own opinion of the man or is he unaware of the contrast but wants the reader to take him at his word. Eagledean’s activities do take place at a very complex point in the story in which the ethics of all the characters have become ambiguous in their morality. This part of the story is actually quite frightening. It takes place in the latter half of vol. IV and there’s still five or six hundred pages to go.

In 14. I will begin an analysis of the principal character of the Crimes of Lady Saxondale. As guilty as Lady Saxondale became she is hardly more culpable than every other character in the novel. Indeed, Lady Saxondale’s Crimes is one long study of criminality of one degree or another. I think you will find the climax invigorating. It will take some effort on my part to capture the essence of Reynolds’ mind.


14. Time Traveling With R.E. Prindle follows.

  1. The View From Prindle’s Head


R.E. Prindle


Before I jump ahead to the reformer Jud Suss and the rise of modern Judaism let us first review evolving European society. While the Jews were sinking into a desperate mysticism characterized by the Kabala, which is to say even into deeper subjectivism, Europeans were developing a more objective appreciation of reality, that is the scientific method of raising the Veil of Isis and revealing nature.

One might say that the Europeans truly discovered the world, both visible and invisible. Unlike the earlier Marco Polo they didn’t traverse the Eurasian land mass but, blocked by the Moslems on that route, they made an end run around Africa to India, thus proving a water route to the East while beginning the realization that the Earth was indeed a sphere. Untold vistas were opened up as geographical information rapidly added to the knowledge, thus from the fifteenth century onward the European mind expanded rapidly.

The European brain expanded quickly as the objective world ceased to be less and less mysterious. Initially Astronomy and Chemistry moved rapidly ahead soon followed by the other sciences.

Judaism stagnated stultifying itself in the nonsense of the Talmud and Kabala. They took at most a peripheral part in the rapid development until the turn of the twentieth century and then they began to inject Jewish subjectivism into it and corrupting it. The world was developed in the image of the Europeans.

In about 1740 the Jud Suss made his appearance on the world stage from the German Duchy of Wurttemberg nestled between Bavaria on the East and Alsace of the West and South of Hesse and its capital of Frankfort. That city was also the center of Jewish operations in Europe at the time.

Not much has been written about Suss in Western Europe. My account relies on the novel of the Jewish writer Lion Feuchtwanger. He first wrote up a play about Suss in the critical year of 1916. By 1926 the Jews under the guise of Communism were in open revolution against the ancient native German population. Volkist [folkist] groups of which the National Socialist was the most prominent were defending the Germans and Germany from the Jewish takeover. A few years later in 1930 Feuchtwanger would write his novel Success that mocked the National Socialist leader Adolf Hitler. At that time the Jews considered Hitler a joke and no threat. That was a serious miscalculation.

At that time the future of the National Socialist electoral victory was undreamed of and the events of WWII were unimagined and unimaginable. Indeed, in 1930 the Jews had little cause to doubt their success as Russia, France, England and the United States were in their pocket. If needed the US could be held in reserve as they had been in WWI. How could they lose? Thus the novel Jud Suss was mocking Germany as losers and was perceived as such.

The novel was a propaganda success. It sold extremely well in England. The English made it into a movie also titled Jud Suss which was even more successful than the book. From my view of the matter, it is difficult to see why either the book or movie was so well received. Feuchtwanger lays bare the Jewish conspiracy and its methods. Methods the Jews had used at least since the reign of Suss and which ought to have been known by one and all. One can only say that like Maxwell Grant’s fictional character, The Shadow, they had the ability to cloud men’s minds. Perhaps the Jewish bible had indoctrinated and conditioned the West to view the Jews in the light in which they wished to be viewed.

Feuchtwanger chose Suss as his vehicle in part because he represented the demise of the medieval Jew and the rise of the modern Western Jew as would be epitomized by the Rothschilds who may have emulated Suss to perfect his method. At the same time as the Western Jews adapted to Aryan ways the Eastern Jews remained dedicated to the ancient ways. Thus paradoxically the Western Jews despised the Eastern Jews for those very Jewish customs.

It is this transitional moment in time that Feuchtwanger chose to capture. He could have used the early nineteenth century Rothschilds but he didn’t. He chose the beginning and foundation of modern Jewish history. In this passage below Feuchtwanger contrasts the medieval Jew in the character of Isaac Landauer with that of the modern Suss, Joseph Oppenheimer.

Isaac Landauer looked his colleague up and down with amicable amusement. The elegantly cut brown coat, bordered with silver made of the first cloth, the powdered peruke with its fastidious formal curls and delicately pleated lace ruffles, these alone must have cost forty gulden. He had always had a weakness for this Suss Oppenheimer, whose eager and adventurous spirit flared so fiercely as his great restless round eyes. He, Isaac Landauer, had seen a rough and sparing life, the kennels of the Jews’ quarter and the pleasure houses of the great. Confinement, dirt, persecution, arson, death, oppression, utter helplessness—and pomp, spaciousness, despotism, lordliness and beauty. He knew the machinery of diplomacy as only three or four others at most within the empire knew it, and his eye could examine down to the smallest detail of the whole apparatus of war, and peace, of the government of men. His countless business interests had given him a keen eye for the connections between things, and he was aware with a good-humoured and mocking awareness, of the absurd and subtle limitations of the great. He knew there was only one reality in the world- money. War and peace, life and death, the virtue of women, the Pope’s power to bind or to loose, the Estates’ enthusiasm for liberty, the purity of the Augsburg Confession, the ships on the sea, coercive power of princes, the Christianizing of the New world, love, power, cowardness, wantonness, blasphemy and virtue, they were all derived from money and they would turn into money, and they could well be expressed in figures.

Yes, and usury meant the control of money and hence the control of all. As the saying goes, follow the money. In many ways this history is the history of money and usury.

But in his [Landauer’s] dress and appearance he clung obstinately to the traditions of his race. He wore his caftans as he wore his skin. In it he entered the closets of princes and of the Emperor. That was the other secret and more profound secret of his power. He disdained gloves and perukes. He was indispensable, and this was his triumph, even in his caftan and his ritual curls.

But now there was this Josef Suss Oppenheimer, the younger generation. There he sat, proud magnificence with his buckled shoes and his lace ruffles, and puffed himself up. It was not subtle, this younger generation. It did not understand the refined pleasure of keeping power secret, of possessing it without betraying it, and the still more refined pleasure of relishing its flavour quietly and exclusively by oneself. Knick knacks and silk stockings, and an elegant traveling carriage with attendants up behind, and the trumpery external signs of possession, these were of more account to it than a jealously-guarded chest containing a bond on the City of Frankfort or on the Margrave of Baden’s Treasury. A generation without finesse, without taste.

Here in Feuchtwanger’s novel we have he Jewish side of the story and it is exactly this image of the most ardent anti-Semite. It is the reality that Jews deny to the outside world.

It is also the truth about money. It was the truth that Europeans wouldn’t begin to learn until the nineteenth century when this epoch begins, when the great banking institutions of money developed that reality to the world. The Duke Karl Alexander of Wurttemberg is secure in his power as the Lord of Wurttemberg with all its people and its lands, for to the European land was the source of wealth and power not money.

Suss would betray the Duke’s trust and wheedle away his power in land until Suss had both the power of the purse and the land leaving the Duke a mere shadow of a presence. This was the sneer that Feuchtwanger was giving the German people during the Weimar Republic.

Thus the Jew Suss is an allegory of the stripping of Europe by the Jews.

Continue to 17. The View From Prindle’s Head.

  1. The View From Prindle’s Head


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The period from 1492 to the career of Joseph Oppenheimer, known to history as the Jud Suss, or Jew Suss, in the middle of the eighteenth century was a terrible time for Jews. Either expelled from or unwelcome everywhere in Europe the tribe was truly wandering in the desert without an effective central authority or direction.

It was the time of the many messiahs as any Jew with the gall could present himself as the long awaited one. None got very far in their impersonation except one and that one was a man called Sabbatai Zevi. Zevi worked in the Ottoman Empire to which many Jews had migrated from Spain. This was during the seventeenth century c. 1650.

One should note the date because European society had been developing rapidly and freeing itself from the Judaeo-Catholic incubus. Entering a period called the Enlightenment. When the Turks captured Constantinople, now Istanbul, numerous Greek scholars fled West reinforcing Classical learning that strengthened scientific development among the Aryans and among the Aryans only. Early experimentation, the Alchemists, was deeply mixed with the supernatural but by the time of the Enlightenment taking form in the seventeenth century the European mind was rapidly developing a scientific consciousness.

The Jewish mind however was till immured in the supernatural and magical. Indeed, it has never left. Thus, while the Aryan mind became objective, looking outward from the mind, the Jewish mind remained subjective, as it is today, looking inwardly. Thus as late as the sixteenth century Rabbi Loewe is credited with creating the Golem. The Golem was a stone monster created to be an avenging angel of the Jews. In the time honored manner Rabbi Loewe gathered some mud together, muttered a magical formula, then himself being a master magician, breathed life into its nostrils and, voila!- The Golem.

Which is not to say that the supernatural had vacated the Aryan mind as yet, but that by the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the spectre of the supernatural had been brought under control and objectivity owned the field.

Thus, the messiah, Sabbatai Zevi conquered the Jewish mind establishing himself universally in Europe. The day of redemption then seemed at hand. The date fixed for the redemption was in the year 1666. One of the many, many dates over the centuries when the messiah was to appear. The year 1000 had also been a year of the Great Hope.

At any rate, the Jews armed for a repeat of the Roman Revolution of 70-135 AD. Many Jews sold all their goods and indulged themselves in various follies as no money would be needed in the after-redemption. Throughout Europe the Jews armed themselves in readiness to commit genocide on the Europeans. They awaited only the word from Zevi. Sabbatai wasn’t the soul of confidence while the Sultan having gotten word of Zevi’s pretensions sent him an invitation to attend him at the palace.

Of course Sabbatai obliged the Sultan. Then things began to sour. The Sultan having plumbed Zevi’s depth offered him a choice, death or conversion to Mohammedanism. What’s a boy to do in a situation like that? Sabbatai Zevi swallowed hard then asked in a quavering voice: Anybody have a spare turban?

Thus the word was out that Sabbatai had become a Moslem ending the threat of a holocaust of Europe. A Moslem Sultan had inadvertently saved Europe from potential extinction. But…note the pattern. Genocide is embedded in Jewish psychology. It would express itself after the redemption in Russia in 1917. While knowledge of it has been suppressed the Jews went on a murderous rampage in Russia, Hungary and Germany that was horrendous and disgusting, that being the reason it has been suppressed. However the Europeans in the West observed and did not forget. They just didn’t go around announcing: Never Again!

The failure of the proposed insurrection and Sabbatai’s conversion shattered the Jews. As is usual in such cases the trauma created new gods as the old ones had failed in their duty. It was thus that the Hasidic cult came into existence created by a man calling himself the Baal Shem Tov. He created, not usually is such a situation, an ecstatic religion with a lot howling and jumping around somewhat like the Holy Rollers of the United States. A scene in the German version of the movie Jud Suss depicts this. They created the Tzaddic, a man god whom they revered and taxed themselves to provide him with the most luxurious lifestyle.

The Hasids split the Jewish religion as they controlled the South of what would become the Pale of Settlement with the Rabbinic mainstream occupying the North. From this disaster a sort of messiah named Joseph Frank emerged initiating the Frankist cult to which the future Sigmund Freud adhered. Freud’s view of the unconscious is little more that Frankism dressed in pseudo-scientific language.

The Frankist ideology was that the redemption would never be realized until the Jews had gotten all the evil out of their system so he encouraged his followers to indulge all their evil impulses until the evil was purged. Thus Freud urged the removal of inhibitions.

At the same time as the Jews were resettling in England, France and Germany ‘modern’ Western Jews would emerge while the Eastern wing of the Pale of Settlement sunk into a sort of Medieval semi-barbarity from which Zionism and the future of Israel would emerge.

The big man for the reformation of the Western Jews lived and died in the German Duchy of Wurttemberg. He went by the title of the Jud Suss named Joseph Oppenheimer. His career occurred about seventy-five years after the failed insurrection and the apostasy of Sabbatai Zevi.


A Second Note On The Works Of George W. M. Reynolds: Mary Price, Memoirs Of A Servant Maid


R.E. Prindle


Reynolds’ novel Mary Price was composed in 1852, the same year as the final chapters of the Second Series of The Mysteries Of The Court Of London written concurrently. The succeeding generation of writers including Willkie Collins, Anthony Trollope, George Eliot and others were beginning their long careers in the 50s. The Romantics had made it clear that there was big money in literature.

In the fifties the Romantics still held center stage. W. Harrison Ainsworth, the historical novelist, who had preceded Reynolds by a few years was the companionable sort liking to have a lot of people around him. Thus he founded a sort of literary salon or club including the leading lights of his generation including Charles Dickens.

By 1852 and the success of The Mysteries Of London and The Mysteries Of The Court Of London plus a dozen or more others of varying success, Reynolds was of the writers that Ainsworth should have invited to his coterie but he didn’t. And for a very good reason. Dickens was the shining light of his group. For any who might read this or have familiarity with the period, Dickens had achieved immediate success with his Sketches By Boz and The Pickwick Papers.

Reynolds, who at the time, was floundering in 1836 when Pickwick appeared, appropriated Dickens’ Mr. Pickwick for his own novel Pickwick Abroad. And then in successive works he continued to use Mr. Pickwick as well as others of Dickens works most notably his Master Master Humphrey’s Clock on which Reynolds based his Master Timothy’s Bookcase. You may imagine that Dickens’ had small appreciation of Reynolds.

There was something about Dicken’s writing that stuck in Reynold’s craw and he never let up ridiculing Dickens. Thus in his 1852 novel, Mary Price, Reynolds from out the blue had this to say about the leading and most famous novelist of the day while his reputation down to this day nearly two hundred years later is undimmed. Reynolds gratuitously caricatures Dickens thusly: Part I, p. 119. Dickens as Charles Wiggins is attending a big ball:

There was a great literary character amongst the visitors- Mr. Charles Wiggins; who from having been a penny-a-liner on the Morning Chronicle, had by dishing up all kinds of absurdities which he called “humour”, and throwing into the hodge-podge a dash of maudlin sentimentality, or sickly extravagance which he called “pathos”, had managed to establish his renown as a popular author—somewhat impudent and presumptuous—dressed rather gaudily than well—and courting observation even among stable boys. Mr. Charles Wiggins was nevertheless a very requisite ornament in the circle I am describing; because it was absolutely necessary to have a literary man in order that the party should be complete; and the one thus selected was of a mental culture thus suited to the average intellectual standard of Harlesdon Park.

There does seem to be a touch of envy there as Reynolds with his own radical reputation was never invited anywhere. Charles Wiggins/Charles Dickens is hard to miss and one may be sure that Dickens’ attention was called to this passage which is really a capital joke of the type that is funny if you’re not the object.

Still, the above is an astute evaluation of Dickens and his writing and one that I share fully. If Reynolds knew that Dickens two hundred years on would still be famous and celebrated and he not, I’m sure he would have smashed his head against a stone wall.

In point of fact, Reynolds far exceeds Dickens on any level while being a dozen times more prolific than Dickens who really had trouble trying to find topics to write about.

Such is fate and whatever Dickens had has stood him in good stead for two centuries. There are innumerable editions of his novels and collected works. I think Shakespeare himself would be rolling over in his grave.

  1. The View From Prindle’s Head
  2. Unintended Consequences
  3. Battleground Europe


R.E. Prindle


The period after the fall of the Western Roman Empire was one of perpetual slow motion chaos. From the fall of the Western Empire to the time of Charlemagne was roughly four hundred years. Any periods of security were short lived as the German tribes were in constant motion. Hordes roved about throughout the remains of the Empire. England was vacated fairly early by the Romans so that waves of Germans passed over Great Britain until the Normans established a more settled kingdom after 1066.

The Romano-Celts occupied France and were subdued early on by the Franks thus constituting two cultures and peoples although the Celts were originally an Aryan tribe from Central Asia. The Celts were thoroughly Romanized hence in the thrall of the Catholic Church.

In addition to giving the Jews a monopoly on usury the Catholic Church made the Jewish bible its Holy Scriptures thus impressing the minds of Catholics with ancient Jewish mores. Illiteracy was the norm except for the Churchmen who had to be able to use the Latin language. The priesthood fully believed the fables of the Jewish bible as God’s own truth. Hence society was thrown back by a thousand years or more into the ignorance of those fables. At that time according to Jewish scriptures the earth would only have been about three thousand years old and that was believed literally against impossible odds to the contrary. The old Mesopotamian cultures with their knowledge which ran against Jewish fables had disappeared beneath the sands without a trace. The Assyrians were known only from biblical lore. The Egyptians existed only in Jewish legend.

World Jewry became concentrated in Spain and were engulfed by the Moors as Spain was ripped from the possession of the Visigoths in 700. The Reconquest of Spain by the Visigothic Spaniards driven into the North West corner of the peninsula would take seven hundred years! One must dwell on the length of that time to appreciate the duration of seven hundred years of warfare.

Gradually the Jews dispersed throughout Europe as the war continued on the Iberian peninsula, that is Spain. The Moors and Spanish were fighting all through the Middle Ages until Columbus sailed West to the New World inaugurating the beginning of modern times. One speaks of Moors, Spaniards, Germans, the English as nationalities. The Jews too are a nationality but as they possessed no territory of their own when they entered another nation they came as invaders no different than Goths who invaded Italy and conquered it Thus, whether in England, France or Germany they thought to possess it. Not coming with an army they were instead armed with usury. Rather than conventional weapons they armed with themselves with money. They always maintained their Jewish identity and never amalgamated with the locals. In this respect they were no different than the Aryans who, whether in India or elsewhere attempted to maintain the color line. There is no difference between the two attitudes.

Indeed the Franks and Roman-Celts in what became France maintained their characteristics and remained distinguishable until the various wars, the leaders of which preferred tall Germans to smaller Celts, eliminated the tall warriors. One should not be surprised that a determined people such as the Jews maintain their Jewish identity although they assume the native appearance to avoid discovery.

By 1290 in England Jewish usury had made them a danger to the State so that they were expelled and not allowed to officially return until about 1655. Of course they were always a disguised presence in any country. In 1307 some seventeen years after the English expulsion the French king, Philip LeBel expelled them from France for the same reason.

The Jews then began their migration East into the no-mans land of the steppes between Russia and Poland. A huge expanse of land that was to be called The Pale of Settlement after the Russians annexed Poland in the Eighteenth Century.

As an alien, actually nomad, nation without a territory of its own, the Poles at the time claimed the future Pale as its own, the Jews were in perpetual conflict with their neighbors. As the Poles were dominant at the time the Jews assumed the position of middle men between the rulers and the people as in Visigothic Spain. Such was the invasive technique. The so-called holocaust or Final Solution ended that particular pattern of their history. The very name Final Solution indicates the nature of their residence in Europe all other solutions, such as expulsion, having failed to resolve the problem.

Having been expelled from most of the States of Europe from 1290 on, as a result of the triumph of the Spanish Reconquista in 1492, the Jews and Moors were required to either accept Christianity or leave Spain. Many did and many didn’t, but from that moment the Jews declared a war to the knife in Europe. This was no joke. While the so-called holocaust was the European solution to the Jewish problem, the Second Thirty Years War, bookended by the two world wars was the Jewish solution to their European Problem and in 1945 the whole of Europe lay in ruins. Was that a fair exchange?

The future of Europe was very black indeed and would have endured hundreds of years of misery had not the US stepped in to restore European Civilization. The vital center, Germany, was a total ruin. It had been bombed flat enveloped by an intense anti-German hatred from both the East and West and, needless to say, world Jewry.

Fortunately Jewish hatred was baffled by more level heads in the US but that is not at our place in our history. The future situation should still be borne in mind as our history is told.

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  1. The View From Prindle’s Head


R.E. Prindle

  1. Unintended Consequences
  2. Battleground Europe


In previous installments we discovered that both the Jews and the European contingent of the Aryans both entered the stage of history at approximately the same time. Further, that they both drew their inspiration from Egypt although diverging in their application of that civilization. The Jewish bible or Old Testament displayed the Jewish intellect while Homer’s Iliad did the same for the Greek Aryans, thus two entirely different Weltanschauungs confronted each other. This is a very important distinction as the two peoples have very different approaches to life. Their intellects are not compatible, contrary to everything we have been conditioned to believe.

The reader of today, the European and American, probably believe that Aryans are bad people, that is merely because Jewish Semites have demonized them because of their casualties in WWII. The victors write the official history and as the Jews, although merely intertwined with the US and the Soviets won the war through the sacrifices of the Soviets and the United States.

The Soviets were under the guidance of Joseph Stalin and the US under the dictatorship of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. However, the antecedents of WWII can be found in the Age long warfare between the Aryans and the Jews.

Nor is the so-called holocaust to be seen as unique. We have already seen that genocide is a characteristic of Jewish mores. Numerous peoples were exterminated to make lebensraum for them, including the Amalekites. The uprising against the Romans of 115 AD was intended to exterminate the Romans and make the Empire Jewish. The Ages long warfare between the Jews and Aryans in Europe is about to become part of our study.

So, now, it is seen that history is a long unfolding of the struggle of a people to realize their desires. I don’t say that the Jewish wars caused the downfall of the Roman Empire, but certainly the immense effort to defeating an insignificant group of fanatics sapped the Roman strength along with the victory. In any event the Jews a seemingly defeated people driven from their seat in the ‘Holy Land’ were able to carry on although displaced and dispersed. Oddly enough the insignificant backwater of Jerusalem would retain its sanctity throughout the Age of Pisces. The return remained a Jewish dream uniting them as much as anything. ‘Next year in Jerusalem’ was their greeting.

Spain and Mesopotamia became their chief seats until the tenth century when the Mesopotamian Jews driven from that land added its weight to the Spanish Jews then living under Moorish dominance after that people conquered the Visigoths. Spain was then known as the Land of the Three Religions.

Obviously soundly beaten, if not destroyed in the eyes of the Aryan peoples, they had to reorganize and form a new plan. The Moslem conquest of the East, North Africa and Spain worked to the Jewish advantage. The Eruption from the Desert closed off North Africa and the Near East to Europeans and separated them from their Greek and Egyptian heritage.

The Moslems had seized the wisdom of Egypt and the knowledge and science of the Greeks. It would not be until the late fifteenth century and the elimination of the last remnant of the Roman Empire in Constantinople from whence legions of Greek scholars fled to Europe that the great repository of knowledge would find its way to the West.

During that long period the Jews had free access to the Egyptian and Greek learning and hence were able to pass themselves off as superior to Aryans in Europe who had begun the long ascent from tribal barbarism to the citadel of knowledge and intelligence far surpassing the Jews still mired in their magical biblical nonsense.

The Jews having regained their balance were busy organizing a plan to defeat the Holy Roman Empire that emerged out of the collapse of the Western Roman Empire. As part of this plan the Jew, Saul or Paul had reconstructed the Jewish religion into its reasonable facsimile, Christianity. If his plan had worked Europe would have become Jewish, with a senior and junior division. However the inherent mental differences between the Aryan and Semitic intellects are irreconcilable.

Greek and Egyptian influences remained strong and diluted the Jewish contribution significantly. The Roman Catholic Church which was as intolerant as Judaism captured Europe forming a duality of Church and State. The Jews thus were much dismayed because in their eyes Christianity was purely a variant of Judaism.   As they came to believe Judaism was like the olive tree in which Judaism formed the roots and trunk while Christianity was grafted onto it. In other words Judaism was the parent religion and Christianity was the daughter that owed obeisance to the parent.

Aryans could never accept this position, but because the Church recognized its relationship to the Synagogue, it accepted consanguinity protecting the Jews from the animosity that the Jews provoked in the the Europeans.

In one of the most important decision ever made in history the Church decreed that usury, that is interest on monetary loans, was an illicit use of money and that no Christian could loan at interest. However, the Jews being outside the jurisdiction of the Church could. Thus the Church gave the Jews the most magnificent gift they would ever receive: that of compound interest, a monopoly of usury. Nor should that interest be thought of as seven or eight percent. The interest ran from thirty to fifty percent or whatever the market would bear.

It can readily be seen that the Church gave the Jews the supremacy of Europe as all the money and property in Europe must eventually have fallen into Jewish hands thus enslaving Europeans. And this is more or less what happened until the great crimes of the twentieth century world wars slowed the process down. By that time Church influence was virtually nil and Europeans too could practice usury but with interest limited by law. For a good fictional account of how the process worked see George W.M. Reynolds novel, The Necromancer.

The Jews then were an alien people, separate people in their term, working against the interests of the Aryan nations. Remember that the Jews were an alien people controlling the currency of Europe and later America.

Let see how this process worked in medieval Spain. This is really insidious. After the Romans dropped the Jewish survivors of the Jewish Wars off in Spain the Empire began to disintegrate. The German barbarians were at the gate and rushed in. The German hordes took over the Western Empire and it was from these German hordes that the magnificence of Europe would develop. A tribal horde styled the Visigoths entered Spain, or Iberia as it was then known, and established themselves there among the Jews. The Jews were relatively sophisticated compared to the Aryan semi-savages.

The Visigoth kings were new to running a settled kingdom, especially having trouble raising taxes. The Visigoth tax gatherers had trouble dealing with their fellow tribesmen. It is hard to extract taxes from the people you live among. The ancient Egyptians for instance, found it difficult to arrest fellow Egyptians so they created a police force of Black Cushites to do the job for them. In Spain the Jews stepped in and took the responsibility of doing what was called ‘Tax Farming.’

The king was asked how much money he needed and whatever sum was demanded the Jews promised to deliver. Their fee for this service was whatever above the kings money that they could collect was theirs. This was even as good as the monopoly on usury which they would combine with tax collecting to establish a tyranny over the legitimate farmers. And they were relentless, searching premises to take whatever there was of value leaving the farmers with no means to farm the next season’s crops. The Jews then loaned the money at extortionate rates against the next years crops renewing the cycle. The Visigoth farmers groaned beneath their tyranny.

The Jews had cleverly inserted themselves between the king and his people. The king being dependent on them for collecting his revenue, the Jews had the favored position relative to the Visigothic people. The people not infrequently boiled over. The Jews, then, being an alien people segregated themselves apart from the people creating all Jewish castellated towns in their defense. In another word, ghettoes.

Driven to desperation the people finding no respite from their king and one would think near madness, assaulted the high walls of these ghettoes. The Jews taking the Eichmann defense claimed that they were only doing the king’s will and therefore were responsible for no wrong doing. At their request then the king called out the troops against his own people quelling the rebellion against the extortionate Tax Farmers.

This pattern would be the Jewish modus operandus until the arrival of the National Socialists in Germany in the twentieth century.

And remember the Catholic Europeans forbidden to charge compound interest were therefore at the mercy of the Jews who took their money as fast as they got it.

The above scenario was derived from the works of Benzion Netanyahu.


14. The View From Prindle’s Head follows.

12. The View From Prindle’s Head
3. Unintended Consequences
6. The Jews (continued)


R.E. Prindle

Ancient Reckonings

I should take a moment to explicate the intelligence, knowledge and reasoning of the Ancients. It should be apparent that the ancients were reasoning from a very limited knowledge and judging from appearances yet still penetrated many mysteries. They also realized that what they saw were merely surface appearances, thus they placed a veil over the face of their nature goddess, Isis, indicating that behind the veil the unknown would be revealed.

A key problem was the transmission of learning. The great disaster occurred in the Age of Leo when the Great Flood occurred that destroyed civilization as it was then known as the great centers of learnings, Dilmun, Atlantis, the Med Basin and probably others in the East, Mu, were submerged beneath the waters.

Time keeping was a great problem. It was not until the birth of Jesus that a stable beginning point was devised to make years and centuries accurately retained. Previously events were recorded as occurring the in fourth year of King such and such who was four kings back.

Of course the passing of the year had been discovered fairly early as it is fairly easy. There were many myths describing the year. The Greeks, and perhaps the Med Civilization before them had divided the year into four quarters symbolized as a circle containing a cross. These two symbols represented the solstices and equinoxes. The vertical line represented the winter and summer solstices while the equinoxes by the horizontal line. The equinox is the point when the day and night are of equal duration. In Greek mythology, undoubtedly borrowed and edited from elsewhere, the myth of Castor and Pollux represented the two solstices, December and June, the shortest day and the longest day. Castor on December 21st shoots an arrow in the air that will land at the summer solstice June 21st. Perhaps it will hit Pollux in the heel, much as Paris’ arrow caught Achilles by the heel. Both would die by the wound although Pollux would take six months doing it as he wrestled with Time to hold back the winter.

The Spring Equinox was monitored by the fair Helen of Trojan fame, while the Autumn Equinox was governed by Clytemnestra, the unfaithful wife of Agamemnon of the Iliad. Libra her Zodiac name was pictured holding up a scale equally balanced representing equal night and day.

The Zodiac, representing the twenty-five hundred ninety years of the Great Year was devised from the terrestrial year of twelve months and translated to the sky and affixed to clusters of stars called Constellations so that longer periods of time could be managed in segments of roughly twenty-one hundred years. Thus the Mesopotamians spoke of Aries as being the fifth king from the flood. Thus the flood had occurred eight thousand and some year earlier in the Age of Leo. At that time the pre-historic Civilization began to disappear, perhaps in stages. And that is why we have all the legends of some savior appearing from the sea to instruct civilization to the upcountry savages.

Egypt was a different situation . We have no idea of the civilization of the Mediterranean Valley. The successor, or perhaps, continuation civilization consisted of two disparate peoples, those of Upper Egypt and the Nile Delta or Lower Egypt. Civilization appeared in history about 3400 BC when the war between Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt was decided in favor of Upper Egypt.

When the Med Basin was flooded, which must have been fairly well populated, as it was an ideal location, the inhabitants fled for higher ground in all directions—North into Europe, South into North Africa and East into Asia. The Tuaregs, a legendary African White people, most probably were descended from the flood. Apparently the Priesthood and/or the Academy, the repository of learning, chose to locate on the Nile Delta. Perhaps seeking higher ground two or three times they selected Memphis as the ideal location. In any event the knowledge of pre-Pharaonic Egypt was deposited on the Delta perhaps for thousands of years before the conflict with Upper Egypt began.

According to the accepted reading that was in 3400, however, as the settlers arrived with a fully developed civilization there must have been a long period of development that must have existed pre-Age of Leo if we follow the legends of Mesopotamia. Bear in mind these are memory traces and not full recollections.

The situation in Egypt was quite different from that of Mesopotamia. In the latter case the pre-Leo civilization appears to have just disappeared leaving a sole survivor to impart civilization, unless Oannes represented a colony of Dilmunians. In Egypt it appears that the earlier civilization, which I will call Libyans, transferred its religion and collegial organization nearly intact.

The Pharaonic setup of Egypt derived from the Priest Manetho writing near the end of Egyptian influence, I am now following Michael A. Aquino: The Temple of Set, Vol. I. His approach, as the founder of the modern Temple of Set was, p.30:

The (modern) Temple of Set was challenged to take one step beyond. The entire Hebraic monotheism, to include even its Satanic reinterpretation as the actual benchmark of evil, would be thrown into the dustbin, JHVH, Satan, Moses, Christ, Mohammed—collectively discarded in all their social, physical, or meta-physical contexts and pretensions.

Those Hebraic successors to the Primal Egyptian religion Aquino discards and returns to Egyptian religious times before the Pharaohs. In addition to Manetho’s list of 30 Egyptian dynasties, Manetho lists previous to the dynasties “350 years of Thinites, 1790 years of other Memphite kings, 1817 years of other kings, 1255 years of “Heroes”, and before that 13,900 years in which the neteru reigned physically on Earth.” Text in quotes shared from Aquino of the Temple of Set.

In astronomical terms that is about nine Ages before the Age of Taurus almost the beginning of Gemini, adding Aries and Pisces that is eleven Ages or almost a whole Great Year. Thus the Egyptian memory traces consist of all four astronomical seasons of the Great Year, one ice age and one interglacial period They saw it all.

The early ancestors actually witnessed the submergence of Atlantis which they may have conflated with the submergence of the Med Basin. But then so little of those memory traces have survived that we don’t know what exactly what they might have remembered.

Michael Aquino believes a religious entity of neteru ruled over the very long period and he has based his religion on an entity named Set. Thus he completely avoids the Semitic period of religions of the Age of Pisces, completely invalidating them.
In later Pharaonic times when the religion of Isis and Osiris triumphed, Set was made a representation of evil, a natural progression just as the Hebraic religions supplanted those of the Tigris-Euphrates and the Nile.

The Semitic group of religions was spawned by the Jews. For the last two thousand years their effort has been to destroy the Christian and Moslem spin offs to attain not only dominance but displacement from the Earth. That is, genocide.

So now, let us begin the conflict between the Jews and what they style Christianity but which we style European or Aryan. This conflict would reach a true crisis point in the twentieth century from 1913 to 1950, or slightly beyond this essay destination of 1920.

We too, in addition to Aquino, desire the complete destruction of the Semitic religions.

13. The View From Prindle’s Head continues

  1. The View From Prindle’s Head
  2. Unintended Consequences
  3. The Jews (Continuation)


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We might take a moment here to remember that out point of view is from psychology. One aspect of psychology is consciousness or self-awareness and environmental awareness. Consciousness was a long time developing and is certainly not universal today. Mankind was aware of consciousness. Ancient mythology described its realization in the pretty myth in which consciousness was one undifferentiated unit of the sky, space and earth. And then a breeze came along and separated earth from sky leaving space between the two. The sky above, atmosphere in the middle and earth and the waters below. Eh voila- consciousness in the first state of awareness.

The Greek myth of Narcissus describes personal awareness when Narcissus recognizes himself in his reflection in a pond and falls in love with himself. Thus, amour propre. And so on. A good introductory study is the The Origins and History of Consciousness by the Jung scholar, Erich Neumann.

The important thing here is to remember that the level of consciousness in Roman time was much lower than it is today. Knowledge and self-knowledge has taken giant strides from the Ages of Aries and early Pisces. Not as long strides as we should have, however. But in these early days the supernatural was still a living presence. Gods, angel and demons still inhabited the earth even though you couldn’t see them it was thought.

Jesus then, was born as the avatar of the New Age of Pisces. In astrological mythology a new earth and a new sky was being born. The new sky because in this case the rising sun was passing out of the Age of Aries and into the Age of Pisces. Without a proper understanding of the Solar system and Earth’s axis the ancients had no scientific explanation of the phenomenon. They explained it from visual realities. The Jews interpreted the new age as the time of redemption when Jewish hopes and fancies would be realized. All of the fantasies were to become real. This was the cause for the weird disregard of temporal realities.

The mass suicide of Masada, somewhat like Jim Jones in Guiana, was possible because the redemption was not a distant future matter but a present reality. Jesus’ discussion of the coming of the kingdom of god was not meant for whenever but right then. Any minute now. When it became apparent to those on Masada that the Roman soldiers had built a road to the mountain top, fully expecting to arise hale and hearty within the week, the whole body of Jews committed suicide. They were not conscious that for them there was no tomorrow.

So, with this zany ‘to the last man’ psychology the Jews began a terrible war for themselves in 70 AD. The result was inevitable. Within a short period the land was conquered with the Jews penned up within the walls of Jerusalem with the priests madly sacrificing animals hoping to persuade The Spirit In The Sky for another some such miracle as the parting of the Red Sea.

The Sicarii roamed the streets of Jerusalem murdering anyone who criticized resistance and encouraged surrender. The Romans breached the walls and began street to street, house to house warfare. It was total insanity on the part of the Jews or would have been if they hadn’t placed their faith in a supernatural delivery. The remnant retreated to the mountain fastness of Masada.

That was only the first phase of the war. The planning for phase two, the eruption of 115 AD forty-five years later. In the interim the Jews had organized all their colonies in the various cities throughout the Roman Empire to rise on the signal, thus ensuring the extermination of millions of Roman citizens. Unfortunately for the plan only three populations responded, Alexandria in Egypt, Jerusalem itself, and the large Jewish colony on Cyprus

Ina wild insane orgy of murder the Jews of Alexandria murdered two hundred fifty thousand men, women and children while those on Cyprus did the same. Like crazed, wild dervishes the Jews ripped out intestines and wore them as belts, incredible atrocities were committed too cruel to even imagine. This was barbarity nearly unequaled until the twentieth century.

The Romans were enraged at these cold-blooded murders and they determined that the Jews in their turn should be eliminated. (A pattern is emerging here, a psychological pattern that has never changed and never will.)

The apparent mastermind of the uprising was Rabbi Simeon ben Yochai and his associates. Before the rising when the Jewish generals asked if the Good Gentiles should be spared, ben Yochai replied: No, kill them all. Genocide on a massive scale.

The Romans rushed to the scene and the man hunt was on, street to street and door to door. Ben Yochai was hidden away in a cave while the hunt went on around him. To historical knowledge he was never found and died a natural death.

The entire land was leveled to the ground, stone by stone while any remnants were gathered up and dispatched to Spain, poor Spain. The land of Palestine was forbidden to the Jews. None could legally live there. The rather astonishing thing is that the very large population of Mesopotamia took no part in this frenzy, remaining quiet and seemingly disinterested. The other Jewish colonies also remained quiescent, lowering their heads so as not to be seen.

The Mesopotamian Jews would finally exasperate the Gentiles of Mesopotamia by the tenth century so that that colony was smashed with the majority going to their fellows in Spain although others went in all directions. It was roughly at this time that the Khazars of the Kievan steppes opted to become Jews.

With this horrific episode we leave the Middle East and begin the history of the Jews in Spain and Europe.

Continued in 12. The View From Prindle’s Head.

  1. The View From Prindle’s Head
  2. Unintended Consequences
  3. The Jews (continuation)


R.E. Prindle


The arrival of Aryans into the Middle East, the Greeks, in the Peninsula, the Hittites in Anatolia (today’s modern Turkey), and the Persians in Persia (modern day Iran) which would soon be followed by the irruptions of the Macedonians of the Northern Peninsula and finally the Romans completely unsettled the area plunging the Eastern Med into a thousand years of warfare. For a nice historical sketch of this period see Mika Waltari’s fabulous novel, The Egyptian. A wonderful lovely book which portrays the period in human terms, a sort of social history.

When the Greeks arrived, they smashed the Thalassocracy of the Minoans centered on the island of Crete. These activities displaced many peoples who became the Sea Peoples who conquered Lower Egypt- the Nile Delta.

The activities of the Hittites against the Semitic kingdoms of Mesopotamia sent shockwaves to the South and Palestine. The Jews, who having filched some cattle from Haran on their wanderings, Haran being another great religious center, you can see the Jews building up their portfolio, drifted down into Palestine where they led a nomadic wandering life, driven to the edge of the Eastern desert where they eked out an existence. Finally about sixteen hundred BC they followed the hordes down into Egypt, then a disordered State because of the Sea Peoples who temporarily established themselves as counter-Pharaohs in the Delta.

According to Jewish accounts they were to remain there in the Land of Goshen for four hundred years until Moses changed their faces and gave them brand new names. One is not to believe that the whole nation fled the fleshpots of Egypt, many remained behind, finally forming a substantial population in the Alexandria of Roman times.

In about 1200 BC having returned to Palestine through the back door according to their own account, they set about exterminating various peoples to make lebensraum for themselves. But still they made no historical ripples.

Their greatest disaster, before the Hitler-Stalin debacle, happened in 586 BC. That was when the Assyrians came down upon them like a wolf upon the fold and transported the two tribes, Benjamin and Judah, to Babylon. The other ten tribes of the Samaritans had been carried off earlier and disappeared from history but became a legendary mystery. According to various legends the ten tribes have shown up everywhere including the Indian tribes of the Southwest US.

A portion of the transported Jews of 586 returned to Israel when the Persians ended Babylonian history and assumed control of Mesopotamia 50 years later. Only a minority of fanatics wished to return to Jerusalem, the rest of the Jewish colony preferred the fleshpots of Babylon. Having been absent for fifty years or so the Jews were not welcomed back with open arms. Having been always troublesome they were received with open hostility. As they set about to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem they were forced to work with a trowel in one hand and a spear in the other.

They were able to reestablish themselves but trouble was brewing in the North. All woe seemed to come from the North.

Philip of Macedon was drilling his troops to invade Anatolia. While Philip died before he could realize his plans, his son, Alexander, surnamed The Great, formed the army and marched to battle. Darius, the last Persian monarch marched forth to defend his domains. While Darius was an Aryan, as were his Persians, his style had been Semitized by immersion in the Semitic East.

With Alexander the Western Aryans arrived in force conquering not only Persia but the whole of known Asia as far apart as the Indus valley and Egypt. Somewhat given to riotous living Alexander partied too hardy on his return from India and expired. The Empire was divided three ways. While Hellenic customs temporarily displaced Oriental mores. The Greeks demanded obeisance to Hellenic ways to transform Asia as quickly as possible, the Jews refused to commit themselves to such fashions. Or at least some of them. The Sadducees had no trouble Hellenizing however the Maccabees refused to, threw down the gauntlet and were successful in rejecting the Hellenes. This was Israel’s golden hour as an independent country.

Behind the Hellenes emerged the Romans and the Romans were nothing like the Hellenes. They had much better system and organization. They subjugated the Jews and by so doing the current phase of history had its origins. By this time the Jews were recognized as Jews according to modern standards. The Jewish diaspora had begun some time before. In addition to having large contingents that stayed behind in Babylonia after the return, the Jewish colony in Egypt, Greek Alexandria, was now very large. The island of Cyprus was heavily Jewish while there were large Jewish settlements in the various cities, more especially in Rome. So the modern organization of the Jewish people already existed at the beginning of Pisces which was now dawning.

Revolution seethed constantly in the Jewish brain. Their successful revolt against the Hellenes was not forgotten and what had succeeded with the Greeks would work against the Romans they hoped. Thus the devastating Jewish Wars that would begin in 70 AD shortly after the death of Jesus and would continue to 115 AD were already incipient.

With the Romans however came a New World Order. The world had changed since the Hellenes. A New Age was dawning. The Age of Pisces was on the horizon; the Age of Aries was nearly over.

Within the Roman Empire a counter Jewish Empire existed. According to Jewish traditions as explained in their Bible the Romans built the Empire but the Jews would inherit it. The population dispersed throughout the Roman Empire all owed obeisance not only to Rome but, more importantly they owed obeisance to Jerusalem. An asymmetrical war was being waged by Jerusalem in Rome. This same asymmetrical war would be fought against any host country resided in over the centuries including today in the United States of America. The pattern was forming from which there would be no deviation.

In order to maintain their sub rosa empire the Jews needed money. Hence every Jew, that is Jewish citizen, throughout the Roman Empire paid taxes to both Rome and Jerusalem. The Romans tolerated this flow of money from Rome, the Roman capital to Jerusalem, the Jewish capital. It is important for the future to keep this differentiation in mind, because it was standard practice wherever the Jews resided.

In order to placate the Jews they made many concessions that they didn’t make to others rather than undertake what would have been a ruinous war. The Jews were not so reticent. They longed for war remembering the Maccabee successes against the Hellenes and projecting them on the Romans. The Roman tax became a fixation, a problem; the Jews did not want to pay their tax to Rome, Caesar as they personalized it.

Now, the year zero arrived, literally, the dividing line between the past and present. Jesus of Nazareth was born. Some thirty-three years later Jesus, with more mental clarity than the Jewish Zealots and Sicarii, was preaching that it wise to render unto Caesar what was Caesars’s (Rome) and onto God (Jerusalem) what was God’s. In other words pay the double taxation and shut up.

For this and many other subversive activities Jesus had to die. Be removed from the scene and in their rebellious frenzy gripping the Jewish people he did. The Jews willed Jesus’ death although they fobbed his execution off onto the Romans. Here a pattern of denial was forming. Even today the Jews refuse to accept their responsibility for the death of Jesus.

The resolution of the political problem began a couple decades later when what is known as the Jewish Wars began that lasted for fifty years and ended with the removal of the Jews from Israel. This event is what most people think of as the diaspora.

  1. The View From Prindle’s Head follows.
  1. The View From Prindle’s Head
  2. Unintended Consequences
  3. The Jews (continuation)


R.E. Prindle


Here we must take some time to put things into perspective. While the Jews were the center of history to their own historians, they fail to receive much notice in the history of the Arien Age. One might think the Mesopotamians were minor actors in the pageant in the Jewish writings or the same when the Jews were in Egypt. Western historians continued the tradition as the Jewish bible was nearly the only source of the middle East for thousands of years. Certainly the best known, although another people, were to enter the stage of Western history at nearly the same time that the Jews began to take form. These peoples were Aryan Greeks otherwise collectively known as Hellenes. The Greek activities would far overshadow those of the Jews.

The Aryans are not a European people in origin, they actually came from Central Asia preceding the Mongol peoples in the westward migrations. The Aryan diaspora began at the end of the Age of Taurus and filled the history of the Arien Age. The Greeks were the darlings of the Western historians. For most of the West’s history Greek mythology, Homer- The Iliad and Odyssey, was as or more important than the Biblical stories. Greek- Plato and Aristotle- intellectual attainments far surpassed those of the Jews- while the fates of the two peoples were intertwined.

Both groups received their inspiration from the Egyptians. The Egyptians themselves began as two people: those of the southern desert peoples of Upper Egypt and the people of the Nile Delta. The Delat people arrived at some undetermined date, possible in the Age of Leo, or perhaps, the Age of Cancer but the Age of Leo is enshrined in their monuments.

Their civilization in the exposed Med Basin was as advanced as that of Dilmun in the Persian Gulf. Perhaps even moreso as when the Delta peoples made their home in the Egyptian Delta they came with a most advanced culture. Including a viable writing system. That would have been six or seven thousand years ago, perhaps eight depending on how the sea levels rose. The levels have been rising since the end of the Ice Age and many magnificent structures line the coasts beneath the waves and sand.

The central event in world history is the ending of the last Ice Age. Whatever exists of the Pre Leo period exists only as memory traces in the legends of the coastal peoples. For instance, the lost paradise of the Persian Gulf, Atlantis, Mu, and Shambala.

The Egyptians had a fragmented memory of an Atlantis existing beyond the Pillars of Hercules. There is at present nothing that can be identified as the remains of a lost continent, however large that continent may have been. Remember the Atlantic would have been a much smaller ocean. The sea level was 350 to 500 feet lower during the last part of the Ice Age. That means that all the continental shelfs were exposed. The Grand Banks in the North Atlantic would have been above sea level. If Atlantis had been at a level below current levels then it surely have disappeared. Still survivors must have shown up on European shores.

One must also remember that the configuration of the land masses are constantly changing. It was only after 1950, very, very recently, even as late as 1960 that the concepts of tectonic plates and continental drift were confirmed. As is well known the subcontinent of India separated from Africa and migrated North to collide with Central Asia forming the Himalaya Mountains.

It is probable then that a land mass was exposed somewhere beyond the Pillars of Hercules. Wind, rain and wave action over eight thousand years or so might easily wreak some mighty changes. One may question the actual state of the civilization that disappeared, however the survivors of the rising waters of the Med had obviously been in communication with Atlantis and their culture was very advanced when they showed up on the Delta. An Atlantis as well as a Dilmun must have existed.

Oh, and the land of Mu was situated in the shallow waters of Indonesia. We are however concerned with the homelands of the Aryans who began their diaspora at the cusp of Aries. Shambala, the legendary home of the Aryans was said to exist on an island in a shallow sea in Central Asia behind the Himalayans.

As India is still colliding with Asia at the same time the melting ice created an immense shallow sea of which the remnants are the Caspian and the now defunct Aral Sea.   Damming and using the waters for other purposes has dried the Aral up. The Caspian continues to shrink. So it is probable that such a locale as Shambala actually existed and was the homeland of the Aryan people. As the area desiccated toward the Age of Aries the Aryans were forced to migrate, some attempted to infiltrate China in which they were unsuccessful, defeated and assimilated. The Uigurs must be descendants of the Aryan remnant that remained behind and it may be because of memory of Aryan invasion c. 2000 BC that the Chinese are exterminating them and their culture today.

Some Aryans went South to India which they dominated for centuries until amalgamation with the dark skinned natives undermined their culture. They actually tried to maintain the color line but that failed as it must. Great nations were formed in the Middle East as the Persians succeeded to domination and then the Greeks or Macedonians, and then the Romans. Other hordes passed around the Black Sea and entered the Greek Peninsula from the North. There they met the survivors of the Great Flood, the Pelasgians and conquered them.

Numerous other Aryan peoples continued on into Europe. The arrival of the Aryans in Greece according to General Forlong was in the seventeenth century BC. The Greeks upset the power structure in the Eastern Med of which the Jews at the time were insignificant wanderers in the marginal areas of Palestine while being on the move toward Egypt. Leaving Palestine for their long stay in Egypt, the Bible tells us, in the land of Goshen.

Thus the Jews received a strong Egyptian coloration. The Egyptians were the foremost people in the Med world and at the time eclipsed the Mesopotamians. The Greeks being great marauders visited the Delta often gradually becoming familiar with advanced Egyptian ideas. Thus both Jews and Aryans received their inspiration from Egypt.

One, then, may trace the line of development with Egypt, as the Aryans and the Jews drawing inspiration separately, and using their natural mental states to develop accordingly, then becoming mingled throughout Europe and the Middle East but maintaining their separate identities.

A leading historian Edit Starr Miller develops the two lines thusly in her study The Occult Theocrasy. Vol.I, page 74:

Two great flowing currents issued from the [Egyptian] esoteric wisdom, jealously guarded by the Egyptians, namely: Mosaism or Judaism taught be Moses whose god was Jehovah, and Orphism taught by Orpheus whose god was Zeus [in Greek] or Jupiter [in Latin]. [Moses] adapted his beliefs, to suit the mentality of undisciplined, rebellious masses of Israelites in Egypt, hence a god of fear and vengeance; [Orpheus] legislated for a people whose Hellenic genius touched sublime heights of philosophic wisdom on the one hand, and sought on the other to carry its irrepressible sense of beauty and light-heartedness in the pursuit of material pleasures. Hence the great difference between the two currents which derived their initial teaching from the same source.

Of course the Aryans were much more numerous than the Jews so the Jews had to do by guile what they couldn’t do by force. Mrs. Miller goes on to say, p.76:

The practical application of the Cabalist knowledge is manifested in the use made of it, through the ages, by Jews to gain influence both in the higher spheres of Gentile life and over the masses. Sovereigns and Popes both, usually had one or more Jews as astrologers and advisers, and they frequently gave Jews control over their very life by employing them as physicians. Political power was thus gained by Jews in almost every Gentile country alongside with financial power, since Jewish court bankers manipulated state funds and taxes.

Through the ages also, can be followed the spreading power of the sect and no more awful example of the devastating and destructive power of the penetration of a secret subversive society has ever been witnessed.

With its B’nai B’rith Supreme Council as the directing head, the sect with its members swarming among all nations has become the sovereign power ruling the councils of all nations and governing the political, economic, religious and educational policies.

And so the warfare of two thousand years was organized as asymmetrical warfare on the Jewish side and military might on the side of the Aryans or Europeans. This warfare reached a crisis point in both Germany and Russia in the thirties and forties.

Continue to Part 10 in The View From Prindle’s Head series.