In summer 1849, a small group gathered at Winterbourne House at Bonchurch on the Isle of Wight to watch a conjuring show by "The Unparalleled Necromancer Rhia Rhama Rhoos," a magician apparently "educated cabalistically
in the Orange Groves of Salamanca and the Ocean Caves of Alum Bay" (Forster 89-90).
(5) Details of this kind have fascinated at least one other scholar, Dominique Aubier, who reads Don Quixote cabalistically
, with Cervantes serving as a kind of latter-day seal of the Prophets: "La prophetie en cours concernerait l'achevement d'une enterprise soutenue par le Coran et l'Islam pour Mahomet, la Bible espagnole pour Cervantes" (2.31).
Bruno is not merely defining or presenting the Kabbalah: he is writing a Kabbalistic text." (20) The cabalists from whom Bruno learned, Pico, Reuchlin and Agrippa, did use Cabala mainly to support other, more fundamental beliefs, Christian or magical; Bruno, in contrast, tried to think cabalistically
. This insight does not immediately solve problems, as a comment of Bruno's shows: "Here then is Cabala, theology and philosophy: I mean a Cabala of theological philosophy, a philosophy of Cabalistic theology, a theology of Cabalistic philosophy, such that I am uncertain whether you have these three either as an entirety, or in parts, or as nothing.