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Father Ernetti's Chronovisor: The Creation and Disappearance of the World's First Time Machine [Paperback]

Peter Krassa
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2 Mar 2000
Blavatsky, Steiner, Spalding, Strieber, all claim to have peered into the mists of the past or future and to have penetrated into mankind's origins and his destiny.

In the middle decades of our century, an Italian Benedictine monk claimed to have made just such a journey. His name was Father Pellegrino Maria Ernetti. He was a priest and scientist and musicologist, one of the world's leading authorities on archaic music. He claimed to have yoked the insights of modern physics to the ancient occult knowledge of the astral planes to build, in secret, a time machine-the chronovisor. He asserted that, using the chronovisor as his eyes and ears, he had watched Christ dying on the cross and attended a performance of a now-lost tragedy, Thyestes, by the father of Latin poetry, Quintus Ennius, in Rome in 169 B.C.

Many have disputed Father Ernetti's claims, regarding which the Benedictine monk fell strangely silent in the last decade of his life. They say this distinguished scientist-priest was not telling the truth. But why would the brilliant Father Pellegrino Ernetti, so accomplished in other fields that his counsel was sought all over Europe, be driven to such a fabrication?

This American edition of Father Ernetti's Chronovisor, translated from the German, contains the first translation ever out of Latin of the text of Thyestes which Father Ernetti claimed to have brought back with him using the chronovisor. It, and other newly-discovered documents, contain astonishing revelations. They make it impossible to dismiss the claims of the strange, tormented and brilliant Father Pellegrino Ernetti.

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  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: New Paradigm Books,U.S. (2 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892138026
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892138026
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,332,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...we are treated to a fascinating investigation threading through Edison, Edgar Cayce, Mesmer, and even Whitley Strieber! -- Colin Bennett, The Fortean Times, July, 2000

Pellegrino Ernetti ... was a man of integrity and would not have created a hoax about his work on the chronovisor... -- NEXUS New Times, Vol. 7, No. 5, August-September, 2000

The book dips into many of the areas that will be of interest to X Factor readers, from fringe science to the occult... -- X Factor, early June, 2000, No. 91

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful! 16 Feb 2008
This book is amazing. Not only because of the exciting and mystifying events it's all about, but because of all the other connections Peter Krassa makes, to place this mysterious invention in a bigger context. The book is very well researched and beautifully written. The fact that there is no solution to the mystery doesn't matter. The book is about real events in recent history, and an age-old dream.
If anybody is interested enough to persue the subject, I would strongly recommend 'The Lady in Blue', by Javier Sierra, which is a (researched) novel about Father Ernetti and another weird historical figure: the bilocating nun Maria D'Agreda. Both books are a very good read!
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This book reports what is probably the most striking case of linguistic (and other) information allegedly arising out of time travel or at least the viewing of past events. It involves the `Chronovisor', a mid-C20 invention by Ernetti which supposedly allowed observation (not participation) of past events. The author, Peter Krassa, has also written a largely positive biography of Erich von Daniken. An important piece of evidence involves a lengthy, previously unrecorded passage in Latin, around 10% of a play of which we know but which is largely lost. However, the text has been examined by a classical scholar, and there are anachronisms. In addition, the clustering in this passage of a high proportion of the surviving minor fragments is suspicious. Without better evidence, this must be the verdict on the entire story as well (although if the text really is a hoax someone proficient in Latin took a lot of trouble faking it.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars misleading 25 May 2006
I searched out this book because I truly believe it (is supposed) deals with the most fascinating subject ever. However, because of a lack of information on the actual subject, the author deviates and spends whole chapters of valuable book space on immaterial topics (parapsychology, seances and other mumbo jumbo). Father Ernetti was a scientist and in this respect I want info on the machine he built if he actually built it. I dont want pseudo scientific (e.g. astrologers, mystics)and other crackpot theories. I can buy a comicbook for that or turn on the TV. Unfortunately the book is not worth its money. It is misleading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Important Correction 27 May 2003
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Mr. Dennis Daly's review of Father Ernetti's Chronovisor is misleading and incorrect in that surely it must refer, not to the English-language version of the book (which you have on sale here), but to the original German-language version (Dein Schicksal ist Vorherbestimmt, 1997). The German version devotes only two chapters exclusively to Father Ernetti and his time machine, which is one of the complaints Mr. Daly makes. The American version has 14 chapters devoted exclusively to Father Ernetti and his chronovisor, and all of the other 12 chapters bear directly on those 14 chapters. The German version is riddled with errors (the author even gets Father Ernetti's first name wrong), but the American publishers seem to have done all their own research and brought out a book so greatly expanded, revised and corrected over the original version that it really amounts to a whole new book. I strongly recommend this new American version. It is a fascinating and riveting account that seems to me to bring out all of the complex, subtle and elusive factors in this mind-blowing and completely original odyssey of Father Ernetti. I'm at a loss, though, to explain why 4 out of 5 readers backed up Mr. Daly in his harsh review. Why did they affix their approval to a review that so obviously distorts even the most basic facts of the book? Have they, too, read only the German version? It seems unlikely. But, if so, I strongly urge them--and everyone else--to read the American version.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A First-Rate, Challenging Mystery Thriller 9 Dec 1999
By Berthold E. Schwarz, M.D. - Published on
Pre-Publication Review by the author of Parent-Child Telepathy, UFO Dynamics, Psychiatric and Paranormal Aspects of Ufology, The Jacques Romano Story and many others.
FATHER ERNETTI'S CHRONOVISOR is a brilliantly-researched, absorbing compendium of a current-times Benedictine monk's forays into specific events in the life of Christ and ancient Greece. Using his enigmatic invention--the chronovisor--scientist/scholar/exorcist Father Ernetti plumbs the depths and drives a cutting wedge into man's hidden past, our access to alleged akashic records, and the present-day relevance of those to such new and baffling paranormal techniques as electronic voice phenomena and transcommunications with television and computers. Peter Krassa illuminates his thesis with sparkling accounts of the life and achievements of such fellow time-travelers as Madame Blavatsky, Rudolph Steiner and Thomas A. Edison, and some others not quite so well known, such as the controversial free energy inventor/genius(?) John Worrell Keely. Wow! Once you start reading FATHER ERNETTI'S CHRONOVISOR, you won't put it down till you've finished. It is a first-rate, challenging mystery-thriller, not fiction but--whatever the true explanation behind it all is--the "real thing!"
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly interesting, but utterly limp 20 Oct 2002
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This book posits an amazing notion from its first page: why did Father Ernetti, known for his studiousness and utter honestly, announce to the Vatican that he'd invented a time machine? And for that matter, why did the Vatican corroborate his announcement as fact before covering it up and pretending it'd never occurred?
Pity that the book never truly takes a stand on its findings, however. It presents a series of facts, interviews, ideas, and thoughts, many of which contradict each other, and lets the reader interperet them as they wish. In the end, the reader is no more educated on the subject than when they began, and perhaps a bit more confused.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, unusual journey 19 Feb 2002
By Steve McCardell - Published on
Purporting to be a biography, this book is a great deal more. Yes, it is fascinating enough as one of these — it tells of a scientist/theologian who developed a machine to look into the past — but it is also much more. To set the context of Father Ernetti, to show how his chronovisor fit into the human quest for spirit, the author also offers fascinating accounts of others who have added so much to our spiritual understandings. The chronovisor, after all, purported to grasp both sounds and images from the still-existent waves of the past, held forever in the akashic records. Mr. Krassa does not merely offer example of what these are, but gives an entire background by telling us of the 18th century birth of mesmerism and animal magnetism, which effects came from “a ‘vital fluid’ diffused everywhere throughout the universe.” The author shows the spread of this belief in varied forms, and takes us through the lives of people like Madame Blavatsky, Rudolf Steiner, and Edgar Cayce to explain where all of this went. He even tells of Thomas Edison’s apparatus to contact the dead!
Enter Father Ernetti and his chronovisor. The father was widely known for his expertise in archaic music, and for his interest and talent in science and languages. When he began to speak of a machine built by scientists that allowed them to witness the past in 3-D, you can bet that people took note. But with fascinating irregularities to the claims, people’s reactions widely varied. A huge reaction set in when Ernetti claimed to have photographed the crucified Christ … and when the photo was proven a fake. Ernetti was a man of good repute, and Mr. Krassa examines why an honest man would lie in this way; why he would withhold information on the supposed machine; and just what was really going on with the father.
If I might re-classify the book, I call it investigative reporting of a fascinating mystery. And, it helps the reader understand better where we stand today by better seeing where the spiritual movement has arisen from. One of the most interesting accounts I have read, and recommended for those wanting to take an unusual reading trip.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 30 Sep 2000
By Sanity Stream - Published on
This was a good, quick read on a subject that I doubt many people have heard about. It has the feel of a real-life Umberto Eco mystery, full of esoteric possibilities. About half the book deals with Father Ernetti, and the other half deals with related subjects such as Blavastky, Cayce, and Rudolf Steiner. I think Europeans might be more familar with this story than Americans.
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