[Milton-L] Dr. Bendo and Wadham College

Duncan Kinder duncan at neoclassicists.net
Fri Feb 10 11:06:26 EST 2006

According to Frances Yates, the Royal Society, which had its genesis in 
a group headed by John Wilkins at Wadham College, Oxford, was influenced 
by the Rosicrucian Enlightenment.

John Wilmont, Lord Rochester, was a student at Wadham about that time.

Subsequently, Rochester was to adopt the guise of Dr. Alexander Bendo, a 
quack physician, who spoke in a mysterious language, concocted amazing 
potents and amulets, and dressed exotically.

This suggests that Rochester's Bendo performance may have been 
influenced by his Wadham past.

Is there any discussion of the impact of the Rosicrucian Enlightenment 
on Rochester?

Duncan C. Kinder
duncan at neoclassicists.net

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