The Tessera of Antilia: Utopian Brotherhoods and Secret Societies in the Early Seventeenth Century

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BRILL, 1998 - History - 293 pages
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A study of the Protestant utopian movement that began in Germany, inspired in large measure by the writings of Johann Valentin Adreae, and came to England through the efforts of the émigré Samuel Hartlib.The first chapters examine Andreae's utopian writings, including the Rosicrucian manifestos, as part of his lifelong commitment to found a Societas Christiana, a spiritual élite that would improve religious and intellectual life. His writings sparked a transnational movement in early modern Europe. The most significant of the German learned societies are discussed: The Societas Ereunetica, Unio Christiana, and Antilia. The latter chapters consider Hartlib's English circles and various utopian and learned societies in the 1650s.This study contributes to our understanding of the role that secret" societies and epistolary networks had in the republic of letters."
 

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Contents

Johann Valentin Andreaes Christian Utopia
18
Andreae and the Fable of the Rosicrucian
62
Utopian Learned Societies in Seventeenth
89
Samuel Hartlib and the Utopian Movement
145
Utopian Learned Societies in England
181
Vlll TABLE OF CONTENTS
237
Leges Societatis Ereuneticte
247
The Cambridge Essentials
257
Bibliography
265
Index
283
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Donald R. Dickson, Ph.D. (1981) in English, University of Illinois, is Professor of English at the Texas A & M University. He has published extensively on seventeenth-century literature, including "The Fountain of Living Waters: The Typology of the Waters of Life in Herbert" ("Vaughan and Traherne," 1987).

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