Rosicrucian Enlightenment

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In the early seventeenth century two manifestos were published which proclaimed, in terms of magic, alchemy and the Cabala, the dawn of a new age of increased knowledge and power over nature. These anonymous documents (reproduced in the appendix to this work) were written on behalf of 'the Fraternity of the Rose Cross'. Ever since, this mysterious movement has been the subject of endless fascination, speculation and intrigue. In a remarkable piece of detective work, the renowned historian Frances Yates here ...
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Overview

In the early seventeenth century two manifestos were published which proclaimed, in terms of magic, alchemy and the Cabala, the dawn of a new age of increased knowledge and power over nature. These anonymous documents (reproduced in the appendix to this work) were written on behalf of 'the Fraternity of the Rose Cross'. Ever since, this mysterious movement has been the subject of endless fascination, speculation and intrigue. In a remarkable piece of detective work, the renowned historian Frances Yates here reveals the truth about the 'Rosicrucian Enlightenment' and details its impact on Europe's political and cultural history. She transforms, for instance, our understanding of the origins of modern science by placing in the context of an occult tradition key figures such as Descartes, Bacon, Kepler and Newton. Beautifully illustrated, The Rosicrucian Enlightenment remains one of those rare works of scholarship which no reader can afford to ignore.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780760701171
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/12/1996
  • Pages: 269
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Table of Contents

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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
Appendix
Index
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