The Rosicrucian Enlightenment

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Psychology Press, 1972 - Philosophy - 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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I cannot recommend a better, more balanced look at the historical origins of the legendary Rosicrucian Brotherhood. While I'm a big fan of conspiracy theories and folklore, this book presents what is ... Read full review

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Eye-opener as to combination of scientific search and mysticism. Been criticised lately for being biased by Burckhardtian vieuws. 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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