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A history of the role that the occult has played in the formation of modern science and medicine, The Rosicrucian Enlightenment has had a tremendous impact on our understanding of the western esoteric tradition. Beautifully illustrated, it remains one of those rare works of scholarship which the general reader simply cannot afford to ignore.
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Editorial Reviews

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'Zestful, stylish, full of suggestive ways forward, Yates's bold reassessment of Rosicrucianism is provoking, exhilarating and indispensable.' - Diarmaid MacCulloch, BBC History Magazine
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Removing Rosicrucianism from the realm of occultist studies, the author discusses the Rosicrucian Enlightenment as a stage in European culture intermediate between the Renaissance and the 17th-century scientific revolution--a phase in which the Hermetic-Cabalist tradition was influenced by the tradition of alchemy. Dr. Yates's book examines the mysterious Rosicrucian manifestos, documents published in Germany in the early 17th century. She ties these manifestos into movements stirred up by John Dee in Bohemia and with movements in Germany culminating with the short-lived reign of the "Winter" King and Queen. Other themes and personalities discussed include Johann Valentin Andreae, Robert Fludd, Boyle's "Invisible College," and the rise of the Royal Society and of Freemasonry. Blending the histories of religion and philosophy, this book views Rosicrucianism as an attempt to meld spiritual illumination with intellectual and scientific advancement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415267694
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/9/2001
  • Series: Routledge Classics Series
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 683,548
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dame Frances Yates (1899 - 1981). English scholar who brought about the revival of interest in the historical role of the occult sciences, demonstrating their link with the rise of modern science.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface 1 A Royal Wedding: The Marriage of Princess Elizabeth with the Elector Palatine
2 The Bohemian Tragedy
3 John Dee and the Rise of 'Christian Rosencreutz'
4 The Rosicrucian Manifestos
5 The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosencreutz
6 The Palatinate Publisher: Johann Theodore De Bry and the Publication of the Works of Robert Fluddd and Michael Maier
7 The Rosicrucian Furore in Germany
8 The Rosicrucian Scare in France
9 Francis Bacon 'Under the Shadow of Jehova's Wings'
10 Italian Liberals and Rosicrucian Manifestos
11 The R.C. Fraternity and the Christian Unions
12 Comenius and the Rosicrucian Rumour in Bohemia
13 From the Invisible College to the Royal Society
14 Elias Ashmole and the Dee Tradition: Isaac Newton and Rosicrucian Alchemy
15 Rosicrucian and Freemasonry
16 The Rosicrucian Enlightenment
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