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

The Quest for the Phoenix

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

Hardcover Published: 1st January 2001
ISBN: 9783110176377
Number Of Pages: 330
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Arbeiten zur Kirchengeschichte first began publication in 1925 and can claim to be one of the most tradition-rich historical book series. It presents research on the history of Christian churches and dogmas through the ages but also publishes papers on related disciplines such as archeology, history of art and literary studies. One of the series' leading features is its consistent striving to combine historical-methodical precision with systematic contextualization of each examined topic. In recent years the series has increasingly publishedstudies on themes relating to the history of Christian culture and ideas, viewed within a methodically open perspective on the history of Christianity.

Introduction: Jung and Early Modern Alchemy
The alchemical chimerap. 1
The reception of Jung amongst historians of alchemyp. 2
The arguments of Principe and Newmanp. 9
The origins of Jung's alchemy and the work of Richard Nollp. 18
'Secret threads': the seventeenth century 'Carl Jung of Mainz' and Count Michael Maierp. 22
Spiritual alchemy, Rosicrucianism and the work of Count Michael Maierp. 30
Maier's Formative Years
The context of Maier's life and thoughtp. 35
Auguries of fortune: Maier's childhood and parentagep. 38
The influence of Governor Heinrich Rantzaup. 45
Galenism and Maier's studies at Frankfurt an der Oderp. 48
'First love and grief': Maier's peregrinatio academicap. 54
The theses on epilepsyp. 59
Contact with the arcanap. 61
Maier's first alchemical experimentp. 65
Bohemia and England
Maier at the court of Emperor Rudolf IIp. 69
The Hymnosophiap. 71
The reversal of fortunep. 77
The most secret of secretsp. 80
A 'Rosicrucian mission' to England?p. 87
The seventeenth rung of the alchemical ladder and the art of gold-makingp. 91
A journey to Englandp. 99
Francis Anthony and the 'drinkable gold'p. 102
The Golden Tripod: "Truth is concealed under the cover of shadows"p. 107
The Rosicrucian 'Imposture'
Illness and a chance encounterp. 113
The origins of Rosicrucianism and the Leipzig Manuscript of Michael Maierp. 116
Johann Valentin Andreae and the nature of the Orderp. 127
The serious jestp. 131
An invitation to Rosicrucians, wherever they may lie hiddenp. 139
Uncovering the true Brethrenp. 150
Defining Rosicrucianism: Silentium post Clamores and the Themis Aureap. 160
Regni Christi frater: Maier's 'entrance into the Order'p. 173
The Completion of the Work
The squaring of the natural circlep. 181
Maier and the Calvinist court of Moritz of Hessen-Kasselp. 189
Millennialism, nationalism and the descent into warp. 192
The Civitas Corporis Humani - procuring a medicine of pietyp. 202
Ulysses and the death of Maierp. 208
The phoenix and the return of the long-absent travellerp. 215
Conclusion: Maier and the Historiography of Alchemy
Piety and the coniunctio oppositorump. 233
Chymia and alchemiap. 235
The 'Tradition' and the fate of Maier's thoughtp. 237
Alchemy and the re-emergence of Rosicrucianismp. 249
The historiography of alchemyp. 253
Bibliographyp. 257
Indexp. 278
Illustrationsp. 289
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ISBN: 9783110176377
ISBN-10: 3110176378
Series: Arbeiten Zur Kirchengeschichte
Audience: General
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 330
Published: 1st January 2001
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 16.1  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.59