John Everard, no less

John Everard – one of the major translators of the seventeenth century and a sponge for all sorts of influences. Or was he a bit of a sham, relying on the work of others too much…?


The image itself is purported to be by Thomas Cross – better known for writing his theological treatises.

All this suggests that the influence of Everard was wide-ranging and profound. The British Museum has an isolated frontispiece with the same image. I have informed them of its identical nature to the British Library text.



One thought on “John Everard, no less

  1. Everard is best known for making the first translation into English of the Corpus Hermeticum under the title of ‘The Divine Pymander’ although there had been compilations of Hermetic wisdom scribed in Latin as early as the twelfth century.

    In Everardism, the Via Negativa is seen necessary for communion with God. This perspective draws heavily upon Pseudo-Dionysius, the ‘Areopagite’, the theologian of the late fifth or early sixth century whose mystical teachings attempted to bridge the gap between the monophysicists and orthodoxy with his particular strain of Neoplatonic-influenced mysticism. Pseudo-Dionysius took his name from Dionysius the Areopagite and much of his work was originally incorrectly (and most confusingly) attributed.

    The understood codification of the Bible is the key to the Scripture that appears to distinguish him from nearly all of his contemporaries; not quite rejecting Scripture-learning but rather saying that it needs a special key to be unlocked: a riddle awaiting solution : ‘the word’ against ‘the Word’.

    This is the frontispiece to Gospel Treasures – more properly, ‘Some Gospel Treasures Opened’ (published more than a decade after his death thanks to Rapha Harford etc.)

    But was he really any good or were the likes of JOHN WINTHROP JUNIOR and Howes right to lose interest in him?

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