The Quest for the Phoenix: Spiritual Alchemy and Rosicrucianism in the Work of Count Michael Maier (1569-1622)

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Walter de Gruyter, 24 окт. 2012 г. - Всего страниц: 330

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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IV The Rosicrucian Imposture
113
2 The origins of Rosicrucianism and the Leipzig Manuscript of Michael Maier
116
3 Johann Valentin Andreae and the nature of the Order
127
4 The serious jest
131
5 An invitation to Rosicrucians wherever they may lie hidden
139
6 Uncovering the true Brethren
150
Silentium post Clamores and the Themis Aurea
160
8 Regni Christi frater Maiers entrance into the Order
173

3 The influence of Governor Heinrich Rantzau
45
4 Galenism and Maiers studies at Frankfurt an der Oder
48
Maiers peregrinatio academica
54
6 The theses on epilepsy
59
7 Contact with the arcana
61
8 Maiers first alchemical experiment
65
III Bohemia and England
69
2 The Hymnosophia
71
3 The reversal of fortune
77
4 The most secret of secrets
80
5 A Rosicrucian mission to England?
87
6 The seventeenth rung of the alchemical ladder and the art of goldmaking
91
7 A journey to England
99
8 Francis Anthony and the drinkable gold
102
Truth is concealed under the cover of shadows
107
V The Completion of the Work
181
2 Maier and the Calvinist court of Moritz of HessenKassel
189
3 Millennialism nationalism and the descent into war
192
4 The Civitas Corporis Humani procuring a medicine of piety
202
5 Ulysses and the death of Maier
208
6 The phoenix and the return of the longabsent traveller
215
Maier and the Historiography of Alchemy
233
2 Chymia and alchemia
235
3 The Tradition and the fate of Maiers thought
237
4 Alchemy and the reemergence of Rosicrucianism
249
5 The historiography of alchemy
253
Bibliography
257
Index
278
Illustrations
289
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Dr. Hereward Tilton is a lecturer in the Department of Studies in Religion at the Universtity of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

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