The Rosicrucian Enlightenment

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Psychology Press, 1972 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 333 pages
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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 this book, Frances Yates reveals the truth about the 'Rosicrucian Enlightenment' and 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.

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Review: The Rosicrucian Enlightenment (Routledge Classics)

User Review  - Ben - Goodreads

This was the first book I read on the Rosicrucians, and it fired my imagination. Having read more on the subject, it is clear that Frances Yates lets her imagination run somewhat wild when speculating ... Read full review

Review: The Rosicrucian Enlightenment (Routledge Classics)

User Review  - Nosemonkey - Goodreads

Barking mad conspiracy stuff in places, and has inspired countless scores of idiots to wander off down fruitless paths of nonsense. But thought-provoking in places, and an interesting alternate perspective on the period even after 40-odd years. Read full review

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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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