Timeline of the Revival of English Magic

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Here is a timeline of events from the period of the Revival of English Magic. See also the Timeline of English Magic for preceding events, or the Post Revival Timeline for subsequent events.

1807


January


February

  • 4 Feb - Agreement between Norrell and Learned Society of York Magicians is signed.
  • 20 Feb - The stones of York Cathedral are brought to life; the Learned Society of York Magicians accept this as proof Norrell can perform real magic and disband.


March


Early Spring

  • Norrell travels to London; he receives invitation to Mrs Godestone’s party, where he meets Christopher Drawlight for the first time.


Spring through Summer


October


November

  • Norrell conjures rain ships to blockade the French ports.


December


Other Events of 1807


1808


January


February

  • First issue of The Friends of English Magic is published; at this time it is edited by Lord Portishead with heavy interference from Norrell and Henry Lascelles.
  • The enchantment of Lady Pole manifests as perpetual melancholy; Norrell confronts the gentleman with the thistle-down hair about this but to no effect.
  • The gentleman with the thistle-down hair visits Black at the Peep-o'Day-Boys.
  • ~2 Feb - John Childermass visits Vinculus; the two exchange readings of the cards of Marseilles.
  • ~16 Feb - Jonathan Strange meets Vinculus; Vinculus recites the prophecy of the Raven King to Strange; Strange decides to become a magician. (Note: there is some uncertainty about how close to one another the following events occur: Vinculus’ visit to Norrell [13], the death of Laurence Strange [14], the meeting of Vinculus and Jonathan Strange [22].)


1809


July


September


December


Other Events of 1809


1810


May


November

  • (date speculative) - Napoleon Buonaparte finds a "magician" with a "magic wardrobe."
  • The Admiralty invites Jonathan Strange and Gilbert Norrell to review the Channel Fleet; Strange uses magic to get a ship off a shoal (the usefulness of this maneuver is debated).


Other Events of 1810

  • A general of the Horse Guards presents the idea to replace the Cavalry’s horses with unicorns; no success is ever achieved.
  • Start of Lord Portishead and Henry Lascelles as joint editors of The Friends of English Magic.
  • The proprietors of Vauxhall Gardens offer money to Jonathan Strange and Gilbert Norrell to stage nightly magic shows; Norrell refuses.


1811


January

  • (date speculative) - Idea conceived to send Jonathan Strange to the Peninsula, under Wellington; Gilbert Norrell objects.
  • first week - Discussion occurs regarding books Strange would take to the Peninsula.


February

  • a Tuesday - Norrell agrees to let Strange go to Portugal following a discussion (with Henry Lascelles, Christopher Drawlight and John Childermass) concerning the potential auction of the library of the Duke of Roxburghe. (Uncertainty: if this discussion occurs in February, why does Strange bring up books in January?)
  • early Feb - Jonathan Strange arrives in Lisbon and meets Wellington. Strange begins offering to do magic, but his offers are denied.
  • late Feb - Strange meets Mr Briscall, who gives Strange advice on how to make himself useful.


March

  • mid-month - Strange establishes his usefulness to Wellington with the offer of making roads.


December


1812


January


February


April


Summer


July

  • 22 July - Jonathan Strange begins to use illusions of angels to harass the French.
  • 24 July - Strange brings seventeen dead Neapolitans back to life.


August

  • 25 Aug - The dead Neapolitans destroyed by Wellington’s orders.


Autumn

  • An article is printed in The Modern Magician concerning the disappearance of magicians’ houses.


Other Events of 1812
Circulation of The Friends of English Magic is above 13,000.

1813


May

  • (date speculative) - A rumor reaches England that Jonathan Strange has been killed at the battle of Vitoria.


Early Summer

  • Strange moves a river, first of several things moved during the war.


1814


May


Autumn


November

  • The Royal Dukes appeal to Strange to look into the King’s madness; the gentleman with the thistle-down hair attempts to capture George III but is thwarted by Strange.
  • Stephen Black and the gentleman with the thistle-down hair visit an African town; the gentleman with the thistle-down hair bemoans his loss of George III and tries to devise methods of dealing with Jonathan Strange and Gilbert Norrell
  • A portrait of Strange and Norrell is unveiled in Norrell’s library at Hanover Square.
  • Deceptions come to light of persons aspiring to learn magic or seeking private commissions for Strange and Norrell to perform magic, culminating in the meeting of Strange and a pair of Nottinghamshire brewers. Christopher Drawlight is ultimately revealed as the culprit.
  • Jonathan Strange first travels on the King's Roads
  • Christopher Drawlight imprisoned for debt.


Other Events of 1814


1815


January


February


May


June

  • 15 June - Jonathan Strange temporarily moves the city of Brussels to North America.
  • 16 June - Battle at Quatre Bras. Strange prevents arrival of French general by altering terrain
  • 18 June - Battle of Waterloo.


Summer


Autumn


December

  • beginning of month - The gentleman with the thistle-down hair meets with Stephen Black; the two get a piece of moss-oak from a bog in Scotland.
  • first week - John Hyde tells Jonathan Strange that he saw Arabella, wearing black, walking along the Dyke between England and Wales.
  • early month - John Childermass tells John Segundus the latter must give up his plans for a school of magic.
  • mid month? - Henry Woodhope arrives in Shropshire to visit Jonathan and Arabella Strange.
  • 20 Dec - John Segundus writes to Jonathan Strange appealing for his support against Gilbert Norrell for the school of magic.
  • 26 Dec - Arabella Strange is taken to Lost-hope. A Moss-Oak replica of Arabella Strange wanders in the snow and returns wearing only a black gown. Jonathan Strange is unaware of the switch.
  • 28 Dec - The Moss-Oak replica of Arabella Strange "dies".


1816


January


February


March


April


June


August

  • The History and Practice of English Magic, vol. I, by Jonathan Strange, is published
  • Gilbert Norrell vanishes Strange's book; Lord Portishead leaves Norrell.


September


October

  • Strange and the Greysteel family arrive in Venice; Strange begins trying to summon a fairy.


November

  • end of month - Strange experiments with madness (obtained from Mrs Delgado).


December

  • 1 Dec - Strange successfully summons (and sees) the gentleman with the thistle-down hair.
  • 2 Dec - The gentleman with the thistle-down hair consults with Stephen Black concerning Jonathan Strange’s success and resolves to offer Strange a gift. Strange requests an item from the fairy’s last encounter with an English magician and receives a finger. Strange decides to travel to Faerie himself.
  • 3 Dec (early morning) - Jonathan Strange discovers that Arabella Strange, Lady Pole and Stephen Black are prisoners of the gentleman with the thistle-down hair; Strange is cursed by he gentleman with the thistle-down hair and imprisoned in Eternal Darkness. Strange begins sending Strange's Venetian letters to Henry Woodhope concerning Arabella.
  • 22 Dec - Henry Woodhope consults Gilbert Norrell concerning Jonathan Strange's letters.
  • 23 Dec - Henry Lascelles pays Christopher Drawlight's debts, preparatory to sending him to Venice.
  • 26 Dec - The Duke of Wellington discusses Jonathan Strange's madness with the Ministers.


1817


January

  • early month - Gilbert Norrell commissioned to find burial place of a young woman; commission later revoked.
  • 7 Jan - Norrell attempts to acquire Lord Byron's letters to Scrope Davies by magic
  • mid month - The Black Letters is published; expenses are paid by Gilbert Norrell.
  • mid month - Christopher Drawlight arrives in Venice; he encounters Jonathan Strange, and receives three messages to take to England.
  • mid month - Gilbert Norrell discovers English Magic cannot distinguish between him and Jonathan Strange.


February

  • first week - Jonathan Strange visits Flora Greysteel in Padua, appoints her as gatekeeper for Arabella. A week later, Miss Greysteel pours Strange’s tincture of madness into the sea.
  • 9 Feb - Gilbert Norrell is confronted by Lord Liverpool concerning reappearance of magic in England. Henry Lascelles receives letter from Christopher Drawlight, and sets out to meet him.
  • 10 Feb - Drawlight tells Lascelles of his meeting with Strange; Lascelles kills Drawlight. Gilbert Norrell sets out to Hurtfew Abbey with Lascelles, John Childermass and servants.
  • 11 Feb - Childermass investigates open fairy road; Norrell, et al. arrive at Hurtfew Abbey.
  • 14 Feb - Childermass acquires Lady Pole's finger, is dismissed from Norrell’s service. Jonathan Strange arrives at Hurtfew Abbey via the King's Roads.
  • 15 Feb - Henry Lascelles and Gilbert Norrell's servants leave Hurtfew Abbey; Lascelles travels into Faery. John Childermass and John Segundus free Lady Pole from the enchantment of the gentleman with the thistle-down hair. The gentleman with the thistle-down hair and Stephen Black hang Vinculus. Gilbert Norrell becomes entrapped in the Pillar of Darkness. The Raven King resurrects and rewrites Vinculus. Black kills the gentleman with the thistle-down hair, thus releasing himself and Arabella from the fairy's enchantment; Black becomes king of Lost-hope.


March


April

  • Jonathan and Arabella Strange meet in Italy.


June

  • Arabella Strange returns to England; this ends the slander that Jonathan Strange had killed his wife.



For later events, see the Post Revival Timeline.