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Frances Yates’ work often stirs up strong emotions and the other reviews of this book bear witness to this fact. I had to study this book during my Masters programme in Western Esotericism at the University of Exeter. Hermeticism is a complex topic itself above and beyond its source in the anonymous or pseudepigraphic works of Hermes Trismegistus. However it is one that is well worth investigating, I would not recommend beginning with this book however and would suggest reading Goodrick-Clarke’s Western Esoteric Traditions or Von Stuckrad’s Western Esotericism beforehand to gain some foundational knowledge in the field. This book would make a lot more sense once some background knowledge has been obtained.