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The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age : Routledge Classics - Frances Yates

The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age

Routledge Classics

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Published: 18th May 2001
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It is hard to overestimate the importance of the contribution made by Dame Frances Yates to the serious study of esotericism and the occult sciences. To her work can be attributed the contemporary understanding of the occult origins of much of Western scientific thinking, indeed of Western civilization itself. The Occult Philosophy of the Elizabethan Age was her last book, and in it she condensed many aspects of her wide learning to present a clear, penetrating, and, above all, accessible survey of the occult movements of the Renaissance, highlighting the work of John Dee, Giordano Bruno, and other key esoteric figures. The book is invaluable in illuminating the relationship between occultism and Renaissance thought, which in turn had a profound impact on the rise of science in the seventeenth century. Stunningly written and highly engaging, Yates' masterpiece is a must-read for anyone interested in the occult tradition.

'Among those who have explored the intellectual world of the sixteenth century, no one can rival Frances Yates. Wherever she looks, she illuminates ... No one has done more than she to recreate, from unexpected material, the intellectual life of past ages.' -- Hugh Trevor-Roper 'A welcome new edition of this classic work ...' -- Network

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introductionp. 1
The Occult Philosophy in Renaissance and Reformation
Medieval Christian Cabala: The Art of Ramon Lullp. 11
The Occult Philosophy in the Italian Renaissance: Pico della Mirandolap. 19
The Occult Philosophy in the Reformation: Johannes Reuchlinp. 27
The Cabalist Friar of Venice: Francesco Giorgip. 33
The Occult Philosophy and Magic: Henry Cornelius Agrippap. 43
The Occult Philosophy and Melancholy: Durer and Agrippap. 57
Reactions against the Occult Philosophy: the Witch Crazep. 71
The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age
John Dee: Christian Cabalistp. 92
Spenser's Neoplatonism and the Occult Philosophy: John Dee and The Faerie Queenep. 111
Elizabethan England and the Jewsp. 128
The Reaction: Christopher Marlowe on Conjurors, Imperialists and Jewsp. 135
Shakespeare and Christian Cabala: Francesco Giorgi and the Merchant of Venicep. 148
Agrippa and Elizabethan Melancholy: George Chapman's Shadow of Nightp. 157
Shakespearean Fairies, Witches, Melancholy: King Lear and the Demonsp. 172
Prospero: The Shakespearean Magusp. 186
The Occult Philosophy and Rosicrucianism and Puritanism. The Return of the Jews to England
Christian Cabala and Rosicrucianismp. 197
The Occult Philosophy and Puritanism: John Miltonp. 206
The Return of the Jews to Englandp. 213
Epiloguep. 219
Notesp. 223
Indexp. 245
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ISBN: 9780415254090
ISBN-10: 0415254094
Series: Routledge Classics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 18th May 2001
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 14.4  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 2