"The enemies of Frederick II referred to him as the 'disciple of Beelzebub".
- The Emperor Frederick II von Hohenstaufen Immutator Mundi
by Thomas Curtis Van Cleve, p. 306
"To the Italian Spirituals this chastisement of the clergy, though fully
deserved and an indispensible prologue to the Third Age, was still devilish
work. To them the Emperor (Frederick II) was the Beast of the Apocalypse and
the Holy Roman Empire was Babylon - instruments of Satan and themselves doomed
to be annihilated in their turn. But it was possible to see the imperial
opponent of the Papacy in quite another light. In Germany Frederick continued
to be regarded as a saviour, but as a saviour whose role now included the
chastisement of the Church; a figure in whom the Emperor of the Last Days
merged into the novus dux (supreme teacher) of Joachite prophecy."
- The Pursuit of the Millenium
by Norman Cohn (p. 111-12)
"Frederick II puzzled and amazed his contemporaries, largely because of the
strange electric excitement which accompanied him wherever he went. He seemed
to be in rebellion against the world, against all constituted authority. Though
he acquired all his crowns legitimately, by direct descent from an emperor and
a king, he acted throughout his life with the cunning of a pretender or the
malice of a usurper. He liked to say that his whole life was devoted to the
quest for inner and outer peace, but no one could have been more noisy, more
raucous, more desirous of trumpet music."
- The Dream and the Tomb
A History of the Crusades
by Robert Payne (p. 306)
"The emperor is Christ's heir and successor. Jesi, Frederick's birthplace, is
aligned with Nazareth, analogies are drawn between the emperor's lifelong
endeavors as prince of peace and the life of Jesus. We are invited to compare
the 'sufferings' of the emperor (in a Herculean task) with the passion of Jesus
-- The Holy Roman Empire
by Friedrich Heer (p. 83)
"He is like unto the fallen angels who would fain be the equals of God and seat
themselves on the mountains of the Most High. Like Lucifer he essayed to scale
the heavens to establish his throne above the stars and the candlesticks of the
Bride, and his seat over against midnight, that he may be equal to, yea higher
than the vicegerent of the Most High."
Cast him to the ground before the face of the kings that they may see and fear to follow in his footsteps ! Cast him forth out of the holy place of God that he may rule no longer over Christian people ! Destroy the name and fame, the seed and sapling of this Babylonian ! Let mercy forget him !"
- Cardinal Rainer of Viterbo
- Frederick the 2nd 1194-1250
by Ernest Kantorowicz
"Lucifer, the Light-bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit
of Darkness! Lucifer, the Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the Light,
and with its splendors intolerable blinds feeble, sensual, or selfish Souls?
Doubt it not! for traditions are full of Divine Revelations and Inspirations: and
Inspiration is not of one Age nor of one Creed."
- Albert Pike
Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry/Pamphlets
"The Book of Job is a landmark in the long historical development of the
divine drama. At the time the book was written, there were already
many testimonies which had given a contradictory picture of Yahweh -
the picture of God who knew no moderation in his emotions and suffered
precisely from this lack of moderation. He himself admitted that he was
eaten up with rage and jealousy and that this knowledge was painful to
him. Insight existed along with obtuseness, loving-kindness along with
cruelty, creative power along with destructiveness. Everything was
there, and none of these qualities was an obstacle to the other."
- Carl Jung, Answer to Job
"One of this assembly is 'the satan', who questions the disinterested
character of Job's righteousness and is given leave to put it to the test. Here,
in spite of English translations, the figure is not yet Satan the inveterate
enemy of God and man. He is an executive of God, one of the 'sons of God'.
- John Gray, Near Eastern Mythology
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