The Tessera of Antilia: Utopian Brotherhoods and Secret Societies in the Early Seventeenth Century
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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alchemist alchemy Altdorf Andreae's Antilia Arndt Ashmole Besold Boyle brother Calw Cambridge Christ Christian Christianopolis church Chymische Hochzeit circle Civitas Solis College collegium Comenius Comenius's Confessio copies correspondence Daniel Schwenter Diilmen Duke August Dulmen Dury Edighoffer edition Elbing England Ephemerides Fama fellow Fridwald German Guelf Hall Hamburg Hartlib Papers Hartlib to Worthington Hein Henshaw hermeticism Hess Imago intellectual Joachim Jocher Johann Valentin Andreae Jungius Kvacala later learned societies Leges Leiden letter to Hartlib Library London ludibrium Lutheran Macaria manifestos manuscript mathematics matriculated Morsius November Nuremberg Oxford Paracelsus philosophical Polemann Pomer professor published Reformation Rosencreutz Rosicrucian Rosicrucian manifestos Rostock Royal Society Samuel Hartlib Saubert scientific secret Selbstbiographie seventeenth Skytte Sloane Societas Christiana Societatis Stift Strasbourg studied SUL H theology tion tracts translation Tubingen Turnbull Unio Christiana University utopian utopian brotherhood Vaughan Vita vols Wiirttemberg Wolfenbiittel writings wrote