In the annals of Canadian history, no story is more bizarre than that of the mysterious English sea captain named Edward Arthur Wilson who called himself Brother XII and founded a spiritual community on Vancouver Island in the late 1920s. Brother XII describes the origins, rise and ultimate downfall of this notorious cult leader whose noble utopian experiment descended into a nightmare of abuse and slavery as his growing madness turned the colony into an island prison from which his disciples could not escape.
Based on original documents and personal interviews with Brother XII's former cult members, the book describes the inner workings of the colony, the seekers who fell under Brother XII's spell, and the women who were drawn to him, including a wealthy socialite from North Carolina, the wife of a New York doctor, and a sinister adept of ritual magic known as Madame Z.
A fascinating study of a man whose vision stretched from ancient Egypt to the spiritual renaissance he believed would usher in the millennium, Brother XII is an adventure grand in scale and scope, a unique and absorbing reading experience.
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