The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 36%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $5.80
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 72%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (23) from $5.80   
  • New (11) from $17.25   
  • Used (12) from $5.80   


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.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'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.
Read More Show Less

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: 793,021
  • 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.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
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
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)