The Rosicrucian Enlightenment is a book written by Frances A. Yates, first published in The copy I have was published in The book describes in detail an oft-underlooked aspect of the Italian Renaissance period: Hermeticism. TRE is the third in that series and, without having read the first two, I can only suppose that it is a continuation of the same themes espoused therein.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Rosicrucian Enlightenment by Frances A. A history of the role that the occult has played in the formation of modern science and medicine, The Rosicrucian Enlightenment has had a tremendous impact on our understanding of the western esoteric tradition.
Beautifully illustrated, it remains one of those rare works of scholarship which the general reader simply cannot afford to ignore. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published November 11th by Routledge Classics first published More Details Original Title.
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In the years leading up to the Thirty years war as Catholic and Protestant princes vied for control of the Holy Roman Empire in the heart of Europe the age was extremely polarizing and ideological. In this period famous for heresy and witchcraft trials a strange intellectual movement developed. Certain treatises publish by the Brothers of the Rosy Cross, the Rosicrucians claimed to have tapped into ancient sources of knowledge.
This shadowy brotherhood which combined hermetic, cabali In the years leading up to the Thirty years war as Catholic and Protestant princes vied for control of the Holy Roman Empire in the heart of Europe the age was extremely polarizing and ideological. This shadowy brotherhood which combined hermetic, cabalistic, Neo-Platonic elements with Christian religious motifs started a secret movement and scares around Europe about a subversive group that may be in league with the devil.
The intellectual progress of the west when reading a general overview looks like a straight line however when looked at more closely it looks like a zigzag and often goes off on weird tangents and strange interludes. So it is with the Rosicrucians. This movement seems to have influenced the likes of Francis Bacon and his writings of New Atlantis and even played a part influencing early founders of the Royal Society.
Their seems to be an influence on Freemasonry but the links are obscure as with secret anonymous intellectual movements they don't leave a direct paper trail for historians. Still this movement which both hearkened back to Renaissance occult thought may also have been an invisible college of a proto-enlightenment movement just prior to the scientific revolution.
A good book to get an incite into the minds of Early Modern Europeans. Sep 08, Meeg rated it it was amazing. Although written years before "Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age," this book almost starts off where the other ended chronologically. At the same time, a pair of anonymous manifestos were published proclaiming the existence of an hitherto invisible br Although written years before "Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age," this book almost starts off where the other ended chronologically.
At the same time, a pair of anonymous manifestos were published proclaiming the existence of an hitherto invisible brotherhood of Christian mystics and setting in motion a flurry of literature supporting and attacking the principles of this "Rosicrucian brotherhood. By shedding light on this era, Yates also attempts a much more ambitious project: filling in some of the blanks which show how the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment arose out of the occult natural philosophy of the Renaissance.
The results are fascinating even if as Yates herself points out there are many threads here for future historians to investigate. Jan 06, Alexandra rated it it was amazing. I saw this book mentioned in a Brooklyn Rail article on "Green Hermeticism" and decided to pick it up. Highly enjoyable writing that sheds actual historical light on a topic that is mired in new-age dreck.
I very much enjoyed this book and I look forward to reading Yates' other books on Renais I saw this book mentioned in a Brooklyn Rail article on "Green Hermeticism" and decided to pick it up. I very much enjoyed this book and I look forward to reading Yates' other books on Renaissance thought and ideas.
Aug 08, Bill rated it it was amazing. Not that easy of a read. This is a orthodox type historian, and writes like it, but her conclusions are unorthodox and disturb established ideas about western history.
Highly recommended, but I helps to have some background in 16th and 17th European history to get what she is saying. Nov 19, Josephine Waite rated it really liked it. I read this just before bed for a lot of nights So, its probably about the magical roots of scientific advancement A phrase I caught just before having a nap today "The Rosicrucian Enlightenment included a vision of the necessity for the reform of society, paticularly of education, for a third reformation of religion, embracing all sides of man's sic activity - and saw thi I read this just before bed for a lot of nights A phrase I caught just before having a nap today "The Rosicrucian Enlightenment included a vision of the necessity for the reform of society, paticularly of education, for a third reformation of religion, embracing all sides of man's sic activity - and saw this as a necessary accompaniment of the new science.
Where would anti vaxxers and creationists be in a society where science was in the service of social justice? Even as a student of the history and philosophy of science I have been tricked into thinking of scientific endeavour as rational, neutral, divested of magical thinking; the opposite of what I do as an artist.
But I am a Utopian. I recommend this book. Yates's reputation as the leading scholar of intellectual movements of the Renaissance period is well deserved. This book offers significant analysis of the Rosicrucian manifesto's and the intellectual currents which inspired them. The further study of historical developments in early seventeenth century Europe gives an even greater depth of understanding into the realities of the Brotherhood and how its ideology influenced the emergent speculative Freemasonry.
In terms of balance, depth, and re Yates's reputation as the leading scholar of intellectual movements of the Renaissance period is well deserved. In terms of balance, depth, and readability -- Yates is the benchmark for studies of this type.
Oct 14, Kathy rated it really liked it. Definitely an interesting read about an obscure and misunderstood "movement". Yates links early Rosicrucian manifestos as propaganda created to usher in the Protestant reign of Frederick V and Elizabeth Stuart of Bohemia.
Includes some really great copies of Rosicrucian engravings and art. This one's for the history nerds. Sadly, if you are trying to learn how to astral project or access your akashic records this is not the book for you. Sep 01, Ankh added it. First read in the s when I was studying anthropokogy in Lancaster UK. A survey of some early modern thinkers, including pointing out how closely interconnected the study of magic and angels and science were.
Feb 15, A. An historical journey into the occult roots of modern science and technology. Aug 11, David Dines rated it it was amazing. Admittedly, I picked up this book because of my general interest in Western occultism, thinking it might bring light to some of the weirder parts of the Rosicrucian manifestos. Thankfully, Yates ignores the black hole of trying to wrestle with the question of whether or not the Rosicrucians existed and instead traces the currents of thought that likely led to and from the three published works attributed to them.
She presents the argument that the manifestos of the early 's were likely an ex Admittedly, I picked up this book because of my general interest in Western occultism, thinking it might bring light to some of the weirder parts of the Rosicrucian manifestos. She presents the argument that the manifestos of the early 's were likely an expression of the political aspirations of German Protestants, who themselves represented a general liberalism, faced with the growing threat of Europe being taken back by the conservative Hapsburg Roman Empire.
In a way, the Rosicrucian manifestos can be seen as one of the last vestiges of the magico-mathematical explorations of the Renaissance before the Enlightenment plowed all that nonsense over.
Nov 14, Aatif Rashid rated it it was amazing. Challenges the traditional history of the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment by exploring the role of ideas of magic and the occult. In particular, it explores a movement known as the Rosicrucians, not the secret society popularized by the Da Vinci Code, but a historically real group of Protestant writers associated with the court of Frederick of Palatine just before the Thirty Years War.
Yates brings together strands of European history to make a compelling argument that the Scientific Challenges the traditional history of the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment by exploring the role of ideas of magic and the occult. Yates brings together strands of European history to make a compelling argument that the Scientific Revolution was not an isolated event that happened in opposition to the magical and alchemical thinking of the past but was rather a development from it, the result of early 17th century thinkers who used ideas of alchemy and the search for perfect knowledge to imagine a better world.
Apr 27, Charles rated it really liked it. Can two anonymously authored manifestoes published in Bohemia at the start of the seventeenth century trace their origins to the esoteric magic, alchemy, and cabala of the Elizabethan adviser and tutor John Dee? How are these two short documents, about a legendary secret society, to then shape in some ways the intellectual, political, and cultural history of Europe?
In an academic capacity, she taught at the Warburg Institute of the University of London for many years, and also wrote a number of books on the subject of esoteric history. She began to publish her research in scholarly journals and academic books, focusing on 16th century theatre and the life of John Florio. In , she was employed by the Warburg Institute , and began to work on what she termed "Warburgian history", emphasising a pan-European and inter-disciplinary approach to historiography. In she published Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition , an examination of Bruno, which came to be seen as her most significant publication. In this book, she emphasised the role of Hermeticism in Bruno's works, and the role that magic and mysticism played in Renaissance thinking.
Book review: ‘The Rosicrucian Enlightenment’ by Frances A. Yates
The Rosicrucian Enlightenment
Frances Yates, the Rosicrucian Enlightenment