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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)

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Published: 1st January 2001
For Ages: 22+ years old
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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.

Foreword
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: Professional
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