Bitter Eden by Tatamkhulu Afrika

By Tatamkhulu Afrika

A unique in accordance with Tatamkhulu Afrika's personal catch in North Africa and his studies as a prisoner-of-war in global battle II in Italy and Germany.

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In May 1532 the city council of Nuremberg refused a safe-conduct to “Doctor Faustus, the great sodomite and necromancer” (Palmer and More 90). … his deeds, as I hear, were very petty and fraudulent” (Palmer and More 94-95). The Legend of Faustus Conspicuously absent from the accounts of Georgius Faustus written during his lifetime is any suggestion that he had a pact with the devil, an attendant spirit, powers of flight, the ability to devour a cartload of hay, detachable legs, or an affair with Helen of Troy.

After telling how Faustus twice escaped arrest, presumably by demonic means, Melanchthon concludes by refuting the boast of this same “Faustus magus, a most filthy beast and a sewer of many devils,” that all of the Emperor Charles V’s victories in Italy had been won by his magic (Palmer and More 102-03). Like several of his first-century contemporaries, Simon Magus, the magician and Gnostic heresiarch to whom Melanchthon likened Faustus, professed to be God. Simon makes a cameo appearance in the canonical Acts of the Apostles: acclaimed by his followers as “the power of God that is called great” (Acts 8: 10), this Samaritan magician is converted by the apostle Philip, and then, after seeking to buy the power of the Holy Spirit, cursed by the apostle Peter (Acts 8: 15-24).

But he does note that in 1587, the year that Tamburlaine the Great was first staged, Anthony Marlowe and Richard Bull were complicit, along with other insiders, in “a gigantic fraud devised by the Company governor, George Barne, a Woolwich broker, with his brother-in-law, the spymaster, Francis Walsingham” (122). Christopher Marlowe was thus killed at the focal point of the Elizabethan armaments trade, after a day spent in the company of agents of Walsingham’s secret service, in a setting whose recent history included England’s inaugural insider-trading scandal.

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