Although written years before "Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age," this book almost starts off where the other ended chronologically.Yates reveals a forgotten chapter in history where a spiritual/political movement rose around Friedrich, Elector Palatine, and his wife Elizabeth, daughter to James I of England, whom supporters hoped to install as King and Queen of Bohemia.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."Both these phenomena are connected to hopes for spiritual renewal and advancement of human knowledge which were stifled by the 30 Years War.
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.
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