Aleister CROWLEY

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EnglishBorn Edward Alexander CROWLEY

English occultist, mystic, ceremonial magician, poet and mountaineer

Born on Tuesday, October 12, 1875 in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England , United Kingdom

Died on December 01, 1947 in Hastings, East Sussex, England

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Crowley was born as Edward Alexander Crowley at 30 Clarendon Square in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England. His father, Edward Crowley (c.1830–1887), was trained as an engineer but, according to Crowley, never worked as one, instead owning shares in a lucrative family brewing business, Crowley's Alton Ales, which allowed him to retire before Crowley was born. His mother, Emily Bertha Bishop (1848–1917), drew roots from a Devonshire-Somerset family and was despised by her son, whom she described as "the Beast", a name that he revelled in. The couple had been married at Kensington Registry Office in London during November 1874.



The Crowley family were Christian; Crowley's father had been born a Quaker, but had converted to the Exclusive Brethren, a more conservative faction of a denomination known as the Plymouth Brethren. Upon marriage, Emily had also converted to the Exclusive Brethren. Crowley's father was particularly devout, spending his time as a travelling preacher for the sect and reading a chapter from the Bible to his wife and son after breakfast every day. Aged 8, Crowley was sent to H.T. Habershon's evangelical Christian boarding school in Hastings, and then to a preparatory school in Cambridge run by the Reverend Henry d'Arcy Champney, whom Crowley considered a sadist.

...   Crowley was born as Edward Alexander Crowley at 30 Clarendon Square in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England. His father, Edward Crowley (c.1830–1887), was trained as an engineer but, according to Crowley, never worked as one, instead owning shares in a lucrative family brewing business, Crowley's Alton Ales, which allowed him to retire before Crowley was born. His mother, Emily Bertha Bishop (1848–1917), drew roots from a Devonshire-Somerset family and was despised by her son, whom she described as "the Beast", a name that he revelled in. The couple had been married at Kensington Registry Office in London during November 1874.



The Crowley family were Christian; Crowley's father had been born a Quaker, but had converted to the Exclusive Brethren, a more conservative faction of a denomination known as the Plymouth Brethren. Upon marriage, Emily had also converted to the Exclusive Brethren. Crowley's father was particularly devout, spending his time as a travelling preacher for the sect and reading a chapter from the Bible to his wife and son after breakfast every day. Aged 8, Crowley was sent to H.T. Habershon's evangelical Christian boarding school in Hastings, and then to a preparatory school in Cambridge run by the Reverend Henry d'Arcy Champney, whom Crowley considered a sadist.



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