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By: Dennis Gaffin

The Divinity Inquiry

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Found floating in the Straits of Bosporus, Constantinople, is the body of a woman, Euphemia Bray, alleged Theosophist and wealthy friend of Madame Blavatsky, a controversial Victorian mystic. Thus begins a British mystery and an investigation by Church and Queen to discover whether Blavatsky is a true mystic or an imposter, an adventure which moves from England to India.Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was a real person, known as ‘the most remarkable woman of the century’ and the ‘yogini of the West’.Cambridge Professor of Divinity Paul Hartley and graduate student Giles Bluecastle face a host of dangers, inquiring into Bray’s death and the authenticity of Blavatsky’s reported occult powers. They visit sacred sites and institutions to interview clergy, savants, monks, yogis, and kabbalists on their sojourn to India via Ireland, Greece, and the Turkish Ottoman Empire. Interwoven within the adventure are the machinations of British and Church rule, conflicts between authority and religion, and debates over the realities of mystical experience.

Dennis Gaffin, PhD, is a professor of Anthropology at the State University of New York College, Buffalo. In addition to the two non-fiction books, In Place: Spatial and Social Order in a Faeroe Islands Community (Waveland Press, 1996) and Running with the Fairies: Towards a Transpersonal Anthropology of Religion (Cambridge Scholars, 2012), he has written academic and popular journal articles. Born out of his scholarly work in comparative religion, travels abroad, and his personal interests in Victorian times and the varieties of spiritual experience, The Divinity Inquiry is his first novel. He lives in rural upstate New York and Toronto.

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  • Mary Plonka

    I loved learning about Madame Blavatsky and the entire Theosophy movement. This book helped me to learn about Theosophy and to understand more about spiritual beliefs - and what a fun way to do it! Historical fiction makes learning fun. And now I want to travel the path of Madame Blavatsky!

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