The Art of Ramon Llull

Ramon Llull was born in 1232, three years after the Christian King James I of Aragon conquered Majorca. He was married with two children, but took up his vocation in his early 30s, when on the mountain of Randa, he received a divine revelation  — his Art.

There are about 250 known works by Ramon Llull, tallied as:
97 Theological  –  58 Philosophical  –  19 Anti-Averroist  –  14 Poetic
14 Mystical  –  9 Scientific  –  9 Crusading  –  6 Pedagogical  –  4 Encyclopedic
2 Literary  –  The rest unclassified

Llull travelled widely and taught ceaselessly until he was martyred by Saracens aged 84. Not until 1847 was he beatified, and his Sainthood is still pending.

In 1263 Llull made his pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. James the Greater in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
In 1963, exactly 700 years later, Owen Barfield found his way to Compostela (see owenbarfield.org/st-james-of-compostela/).

Many branches of knowledge stem from Ramon Llull. Here is one:

Born Lived
Ramon Llull Palma de Mallorca, Spain 1232 – 1315
Nicolas de Cusa Rhineland, Germany 1401 – 1464
Giordano Bruno Naples, Italy 1548 – 1600
S.T. Coleridge Devon, England 1772 – 1834
Owen Barfield London, England 1898 – 1997

Owen Barfield and Don Ignacio

A wedding took place in Santiago de Compostela in 1963.
With Owen Barfield, the father of the groom.
And Ignacio Ribas Marqués (Professor of Organic Chemistry), the father of the bride.

All the forebears of Don Ignacio were physicians and healers in Majorca, stretching back for generations beyond memory. In 1981 when Don Ignacio received his honoris causa from the University of the Balearic Islands, he gave his thesis on Ramon Llull (that Llull should be considered the first true scientist). About two dozen generations span these two illustrious Majorcans.

Many branches of knowledge stem from Ramon Llull. Here is another:

Born Lived
Ramon Llull Palma de Mallorca, Spain 1232 – 1315
Paracelsus Schwyz, Switzerland 1493 – 1541
Jakob Böhme Saxony, Germany 1575 – 1624
J. W. von Goethe Frankfurt, Germany 1749 – 1832
Ignacio Ribas
Marqués
Palma de Mallorca,
Spain
1901 – 1996

Order of Alfonso X the Wise, uniquely three times awarded to Don Ignacio.

Shield of the city of Santiago de Compostela.

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