The Quest for the Phoenix: Spiritual Alchemy and Rosicrucianism in the Work of Count Michael Maier (1569-1622)

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Walter de Gruyter, 2003 - Religion - 322 pages
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The author presents with this intellectual biography of the Lutheran alchemist Count Michael Maier an academic study of western esotericism in general and to the study of alchemy and rosicrucianism in particular.

The author charts the development of Maier's Hermetic worldview in the context of his service at the courts of Emperor Rudolf II and Moritz of Hessen-Kassel. The problem of the nature of early Rosicrucianism is addressed in detail with reference to Maier's role in the promotion of this "serious jest" in the years immediately prior to the outbreak of the Thirty Years' War. The work is set in the context of ongoing debates concerning the nature of early modern alchemy and its role in the history of Western esotericism.

 

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Contents

Foreword
1
The arguments of Principe and Newman
9
The origins of Jungs alchemy and the work of Richard Noll
18
Spiritual alchemy Rosicrucianism and the work of Count Michael
30
Maiers childhood and parentage
38
The influence of Governor Heinrich Rantzau
45
Maiers peregrinatio academica
54
Contact with the arcana
61
An invitation to Rosicrucians wherever they may lie hidden
139
Uncovering the true Brethren
150
Silentium post Clamores and
160
Maiers entrance into the Order
173
The Completion of the Work
181
Maier and the Calvinist court of Moritz of HessenKassel
189
The Civitas Corporis Humani procuring a medicine of piety
202
Ulysses and the death of Maier
208

Bohemia and England
69
The reversal of fortune
77
A Rosicrucian mission to England?
87
A journey to England
99
Truth is concealed under the cover
107
The Rosicrucian Imposture
113
Johann Valentin Andreae and the nature of the Order
127
The phoenix and the return of the longabsent traveller
215
Maier and the Historiography of Alchemy
233
Alchemy and the reemergence of Rosicrucianism
249
Bibliography
257
Index
278
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Dr. Hereward Tilton is a lecturer in the Department of Studies in Religion at the Universtity of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. 

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