The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age

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Overview

It is hard to overestimate the importance of the contribution made by Dame Frances Yates to the serious study of esotericism and the occult sciences. To her work can be attributed the contemporary understanding of the occult origins of much of Western scientific thinking, indeed of Western civilization itself. The Occult Philosophy of the Elizabethan Age was her last book, and in it she condensed many aspects of her wide learning to present a clear, penetrating, and, above all, accessible survey of the occult movements of the Renaissance, highlighting the work of John Dee, Giordano Bruno, and other key esoteric figures. The book is invaluable in illuminating the relationship between occultism and Renaissance thought, which in turn had a profound impact on the rise of science in the seventeenth century. Stunningly written and highly engaging, Yates'
masterpiece is a must-read for anyone interested in the occult tradition.
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'Among those who have explored the intellectual world of the sixteenth century, no one can rival Frances Yates. Wherever she looks, she illuminates . . . No one has done more than she to recreate, from unexpected material, the intellectual life of past ages.'Hugh Trevor-Roper

'A welcome new edition of this classic work ...'Network

Hugh Trevor-Roper
Among those who have explored the intellectual world of the sixteenth century, no one can rival Frances Yates. Wherever she looks, she illuminates . . . No one has done more that she to recreate, from unexpected material, the intellectual life of past ages.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415254090
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Series: Routledge Classics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 830,049
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dame Francis Yates (1899-1981) was Reader in the History of the Renaissance at the Warburg Institute, University of London. The leading Renaissance scholar of her time, she was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1977 in recognition of her services to Renaissance studies. Her other publications include The Art of Memory and The Rosicrucian Enlightenment.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. I The Occult Philosophy in Renaissance and Reformation
1 Medieval Christian Cabala: The Art of Ramon Lull 11
2 The Occult Philosophy in the Italian Renaissance: Pico della Mirandola 19
3 The Occult Philosophy in the Reformation: Johannes Reuchlin 27
4 The Cabalist Friar of Venice: Francesco Giorgi 33
5 The Occult Philosophy and Magic: Henry Cornelius Agrippa 43
6 The Occult Philosophy and Melancholy: Durer and Agrippa 57
7 Reactions against the Occult Philosophy: the Witch Craze 71
Pt. II The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age
8 John Dee: Christian Cabalist 92
9 Spenser's Neoplatonism and the Occult Philosophy: John Dee and The Faerie Queene 111
10 Elizabethan England and the Jews 128
11 The Reaction: Christopher Marlowe on Conjurors, Imperialists and Jews 135
12 Shakespeare and Christian Cabala: Francesco Giorgi and the Merchant of Venice 148
13 Agrippa and Elizabethan Melancholy: George Chapman's Shadow of Night 157
14 Shakespearean Fairies, Witches, Melancholy: King Lear and the Demons 172
15 Prospero: The Shakespearean Magus 186
Pt. III The Occult Philosophy and Rosicrucianism and Puritanism. The Return of the Jews to England
16 Christian Cabala and Rosicrucianism 197
17 The Occult Philosophy and Puritanism: John Milton 206
18 The Return of the Jews to England 213
Epilogue 219
Notes 223
Index 245
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