(The Book of the Devil)
Marianna Marquesa Florenzi
Marianna Marquesa Florenzi
Marianna Marquesa Florenzi, born in Ravenna in 1802, was a noblewoman and translator who was widely respected in the philosophical community for her kind nature and translation ability. The daugher of Bacinetti of Ravenna, she soon grew into a fine educated woman, and put together many social gatherings which increased her popularity in Italy all the more.
She studied in the University of Perugia were she learned her skill, and went on to translate such works as "Monadology" by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. Also during this time, she entered a fourty-three year love affair with Ludwig I of Bavaria, and was a primary driving force behind many of his politicial decisions, most of which were through letters. She married twice, once to Ettore Florenzi and once to Evelyn Waddington, an Englishman.
During the last years of her life, she lived a relatively quiet existence in Florence translating minor philosophical and religious works until she passed away in her sleep on April 15, 1870.
Among historians, it is widely known that during the course of her translations, she was introduced to the priest and mystic James Salomoni by Alfonso Ferrero La Marmora before Marmora became the sixth prime minister of Italy in 1864. It was around this time that Salomoni gave Florenzi a collection of short books he had kept in his private collection, bestowed upon him by Pope Pius IX in 1951.
These books, collectively called "Liber Diabolus", or the "Book of the Devil" were a well kept secret in the occultic and mystic circles of Italy. They entered into the Bibliotheca Apostolica Vaticana (or the Vatican Library) during the time of Pope Callixtus III. The Liber Diabolus, although considered a book in the Biblical apocrypha, only contains one book in the collection that was supposedly written alongside the Gospel of Mark (around 64 A.D.). This first book, having no attributed author, is a purported "Satanic Gospel" titled the "Gospel Of Lamech" of an alleged thirteen disciple who was rejected by Christ named Lamech of Beit Shemesh.
As the story goes, after being baptized, Jesus fasted for forty days and nights in the desert of Arabah. According to the Gospel of Lamech, Lamech was the thirteenth apostle of Christ. Since many of the original passages are lost, specifically towards the beginning of the Gospel of Lamech, it isn't indicated how Lamech became an apostle. However, he was curiously selected as the one apostle who would travel a distance into the desert from Christ, so that they would not meet. Lamech broke this promise. Agitated by Christ wanting distance from Lamech, he dressed in the rags of a merchant and approached Jesus. He tempted Christ four times, unlike what was declared elsewhere in the New Testament (that it was three times, and that it was Satan who tempted Christ).
After Jesus refused all four attempts, Lamech went away and never returned to follow Jesus again. Lamech would go to Jerusalem and establish the Cult of Helal, practicing "Helalianism", which dictated things which would be considered heretical: That Jesus wasn't the Messiah, that the Christian church would be an evil, oppressive force to the self (or the antithesis of one's desires) that would put divine power into human hands, and that the Hebrew God and His teachings were hypocritical and detrimental to logical thinking. Lamech also taught many mystic secrets that were "revealed to him" by an angel.
This early secret society and its antichristian teachings went largely unnoticed by Jewish leaders at the time, although the Romans knew of it, yet viewed it as a fringe religion much in the same way as they did early Christianity.
Lamech was killed during the Siege of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., when the soldiers of the future emperor of Rome, Titus, entered the Fortress of Antonia and fought with Zealots on the streets. Lamech, as well as some of his followers, were caught in the midst of this and attempted to defend themselves from the Roman soldiers to no avail.
With Lamech dead, the Helalianists had no central leadership, and scattered across the Middle East. It is estimated that this is how early Satanism and Satanic black magic grew through the world. Whatever the case, during Lamech's time in Jerusalem, he wrote this series of short books and distributed them to select inner members of the cult.
Florenzi translated these books, yet for the many centuries following, the Liber Diabolus went largely unnoticed. It has been studied, referenced, and used in many occult circles since then, including Anton LaVey's Church of Satan and the Temple of Set. Despite many claims, the Liber Diabolus was not used by Aleister Crowley, who believed the Liber Diabolus to be nothing more than Christian propaganda, created by the Roman Catholic church as a red herring, or a way to demonize magick and the occult.
Whether or not the Liber Diabolus is what it says it is, one fact remains. The old translations are antiquated and outdated, made useless with modern English. I, Simon Iscariot, have personally sat down with this lengthy work and updated the language it uses to be better suited for today's audience.
But before I present the Liber Diabolus, I must make one thing clear:
I do not necessarily believe what the book says. I do not believe in the ability to summon otherworldly forces, divine the future, or anything as represented in this literature.
In reading this, I hope you understand that this work has been scrutinized by numerous leading Biblical scholars and historians, many who say that the book, since the Vatican first obtained it, was nothing more than a hoax.
Please do not attempt anything in this book. There are powers in this world, dark forces, which we can never hope to understand. To tempt them and try to control or manipulate them could prove a dangerous venture, and to practice anything in the Liber Diabolus is out of my control. I am hereby not responsible for what may come out of this. I am simply presenting a unique part of history which may or may not also be a part of Biblical history.
In closing, I would like to thank the many men and women whom I have spoken with, ranging in religious and philosophical beliefs, who have helped me in understanding and refining the Liber Diabolus. I would also like to thank my readers on deviantART, and those all over the internet, for supporting me in my endeavors. I couldn't have done this without any of you.
- Simon Iscariot