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The Rosicrucian Enlightenment (Routledge Classics) Paperback – October 12, 2001
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If you really want to know what was happening in Great Britain and Europe during this period, what brought about the Rosicrucian Manifesto and Confessio - and why - this is the book to read. Dame Frances Yates' clarity in setting down this underground movement, how these men communicated and disseminated their thoughts and beliefs (which were considered heretical to the church and treasonous to the politics of their day)is an enlightening revelation.
It is to these men, who fought for the freedom from Church strictures to study mathematics, philosophy and science openly, that we should give our thanks today. These are the great minds who held a utopian vision: Johann Valentine Andreae, Giordano Bruno, Elias Ashmole, John Dee, Sir Phillip Sidney, Thomas Vaughan, Francis Bacon, Robert Fludd, Michael Maier, Tommaso Campanella, and others (the only person missing is Sendivogius). These are the alchemists who were responsible for the later advancement into rational science.
Yates begins by describing a "royal wedding" between Princess Elizabeth and Frederick V, Elector Palatine of the Rhine. These two became known mockingly as "the Winter King and Queen of Bohemia" after Frederick's failed attempt to take the throne of Bohemia and their flight from Prague.Read more ›
At this moment there is a danger that the collections of the Warburg Institute, which made all of Yates' work possible, may become unavailable to scholars or even dispersed. These collections are irreplaceable--they are the hard core of scholarship in 16th-17th century cultural evolution. If this book inspires you, please inform yourself and do whatever you can to help preserve this resource for posterity.
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In my opinion this easily ranks among the top books ever written on the Rosicrucian movement. Yates gives prolific detail regarding the earliest developments of this occult group... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lluke Bruggeman
Frances Yates is at top form in this book. She not only gives the history, but many of the connections even to the Enlightenment and to the beginnings of the Scientific... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michael J. Benedict
Anything by Dr Yates is amazing - this is an incredible analysis of Rosicrucianism - never dry or boring.Published 7 months ago by Montims
Absolutely different and interesting research about the mystical side of early modern history, this kind of book is not written too many times. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Theofrastus Nihilus
The item was in good condition but not as described by the picture shown ( a different edition). It did not really matter to me but to some bibliophiles certain editions are the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by German & Elli
This is intentionally misleading. Dee was a lunatic. Francis Bacon is the place to look. This woman was financed by the Warburgs, who knows if she even wrote the book. Garbage.Published 15 months ago by Theophilus Parabombastus
This was not what I expected, way to heavy. I would have returned this if I knew I could because it was not what I was comfortable with.Published on January 8, 2014 by Rheeah
It was a good history, and explained a bit about them, but I was left wondering what their theology was. Or their beliefs and what they are doing now, if they are still around.Published on October 14, 2013 by pokey-at-home