Magic, Alchemy, and the Cabala: Yates on the Rosicrucian Enlightenment.
Brilliant analysis of events, movements, relationships and consequences. Her book is compulsive reading, and forces the reader back not only to alternative accounts of early seventeenth-century movements, which seem superficial, but to Dr Yates’s other books.
Blurb: In the early seventeenth century two manifestos were published which proclaimed, in terms of magic, alchemy and the Cabala, the dawn of a new age of increased knowledge and power over nature. These anonymous documents (reproduced in the appendix to this work) were written on behalf of ‘the Fraternity of the Red Cross’. Ever since, this mysterious movement has been the subject of endless fascination, speculation and intrigue.
In a remarkable piece of detective work, the renowned historian Frances Yates here reveals the truth about the ‘Rosicrucian Enlightenment’ and details it’s impact on Europe’s political and cultural history. She transforms, for instance, our understanding of the origins of modern science by placing in the context of an occult tradition key figures such as Descartes, Bacon, Kelper and Newton. Beautifully illustrated, The Rosicrucian Enlightenment remains one of those rare works of scholarship which no reader can afford to ignore.
Dame Francis Yates (1899 – 1981). Reader in the History of the Renaissance at the Warburg Institute, University of London. The leading Renaissance scholar of her time, she was a pioneer in recognising the significance of esoteric traditions in European history.