Interactive timeline of the life and travels of Count Cagliostro, the Great Magician and Sage.
Cagliostro never admitted to being the thief Balsamo from the slums of Palermo, except perhaps when tortured by the Inquisition. Consequently, we present their timelines separately and in two colours – Balsamo in brown and Cagliostro, below, in green. Is it only the result of prejudicial investigation that the two never overlap?
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A great many dates are estimated as Cagliostro traveled a great deal and slipped in and out of the record books. Thus entire years are accounted for with a wave of a hand over a part of the globe. It is in these periods that Balsamo seems to morph further into Cagliostro, becoming grander, more enigmatic and occult.
Consequently, the dates given are usually vague and only suggestive. They will show a period of a month if the reference said “in the month of,” or will start on the 15th if the source says “in the latter half.” Thus, a range will be shown for what was an instantaneous event. Date ranges are also a little generous, tending to ignore travel time and preferring to overlap with other residencies in order to avoid being too narrow.
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- The life of Joseph Balsamo commonly called Count Cagliostro. By Giovanni Barberi. Translated from the original “final” proceedings against Cagliostro which were published at Rome by order of the Apostolic Chamber (Attributed to Monsignor Barberi). London, 1791
- Anecdotes Of Count Cagliostro. The European magazine, and London review, Volume 12. Published by the Philological Society of London, 1787
- Marie-Antoinette et le procès du collier: D’après la procédure instruite devant le Parlement de Paris. By Emile Campardon, archiviste des archives de l’Empire. Paris, 1863.
- ‘Cagliostro. A messenger Long Misunderstood III.’ By P.A. Malpas, M.A. in Theosophical Path Magazine, Vol. XLI no. 6. June 1932. Edited by G. De Purucker.
- The Last Alchemist: Count Cagliostro, Master of Magic in the Age of Reason (A.k.a.: The Seven Ordeals of Count Cagliostro). By Iain McCalman. Flamingo (Australia) and Random House (UK); published in the USA as The Last Alchemist, HarperCollins. 2004.
- Count Cagliostro: An Authentic Story of a Mysterious Life. By Constantin Photiades. Kessinger Publishing, LLC. 2003.
- Mémoire pour le Comte de Cagliostro, accusé; contre M. le procureur-général, accusateur, en présence de M. le Cardinal de Rohan, de la Comtesse de la Motte, & autres co-accusés. By Jean-Charles Thilorier, Published by Emmanuel Flon, 1786.
- Cagliostro: the splendour and misery of a master of magic. By W. R. H. (William Rutherford Hayes) Trowbridge, 1910.
- The Story of the Diamond Necklace. Henry Vizetelly. 3rd Ed. Revised. London. 1881.