The Quest for the Phoenix

Spiritual Alchemy and Rosicrucianism in the Work of Count Michael Maier (1569-1622) (Arbeiten zur Kirchengeschichte)

31O9vgtg4kL._SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_ Author Hereward Tilton
Isbn 9783110176377
File size 80.14MB
Year 2003
Pages 332
Language English
File format PDF
Category Religion

Book Description:

The author presents with this intellectual biography of the Lutheran alchemist Count Michael Maier an academic study of western esotericism in general and to the study of alchemy and rosicrucianism in particular. The author charts the development of Maier's Hermetic worldview in the context of his service at the courts of Emperor Rudolf II and Moritz of Hessen-Kassel. The problem of the nature of early Rosicrucianism is addressed in detail with reference to Maier's role in the promotion of this''serious jest'' in the years immediately prior to the outbreak of the Thirty Years' War. The work is set in the context of ongoing debates concerning the nature of early modern alchemy and its role in the history of Western esotericism.



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