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Author Tilton, Hereward.

Title The quest for the phoenix : spiritual alchemy and Rosicrucianism in the work of Count Michael Maier (1569-1622) / Hereward Tilton.

Publication Info. Berlin ; New York : Walter de Gruyter, 2003.

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Description 1 online resource (332 pages) : illustrations
Series Arbeiten zur Kirchengeschichte ; Bd. 88
Arbeiten zur Kirchengeschichte ; 88.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Foreword -- I. Introduction: Jung and Early Modern Alchemy -- 1. The alchemical chimera -- 2. The reception of Jung amongst historians of alchemy -- 3. The arguments of Principe and Newman -- 4. The origins of Jung�s alchemy and the work of Richard Noll -- 5. �Secret threads�: the seventeenth century �Carl Jung of Mainz� and Count Michael Maier -- 6. Spiritual alchemy, Rosicrucianism and the work of Count Michael Maier -- II. Maier�s Formative Years -- 1. The context of Maier�s life and thought -- 2. Auguries of fortune: Maier�s childhood and parentage
3. The influence of Governor Heinrich Rantzau4. Galenism and Maier�s studies at Frankfurt an der Oder -- 5. �First love and grief�: Maier�s peregrinatio academica -- 6. The theses on epilepsy -- 7. Contact with the arcana -- 8. Maier�s first alchemical experiment -- III. Bohemia and England -- 1. Maier at the court of Emperor Rudolf II -- 2. The Hymnosophia -- 3. The reversal of fortune -- 4. The most secret of secrets -- 5. A �Rosicrucian mission� to England? -- 6. The seventeenth rung of the alchemical ladder and the art of gold-making
7. A journey to England8. Francis Anthony and the �drinkable gold� -- 9. The Golden Tripod: “Truth is concealed under the cover of shadows� -- IV. The Rosicrucian �Imposture� -- 1. Illness and a chance encounter -- 2. The origins of Rosicrucianism and the Leipzig Manuscript of Michael Maier -- 3. Johann Valentin Andreae and the nature of the Order -- 4. The serious jest -- 5. An invitation to Rosicrucians, wherever they may lie hidden -- 6. Uncovering the true Brethren -- 7. Defining Rosicrucianism: Silentium post Clamores and the Themis Aurea
8. Regni Christi frater. Maier�s �entrance into the Order�V. The Completion of the Work -- 1. The squaring of the natural circle -- 2. Maier and the Calvinist court of Moritz of Hessen-Kassel -- 3. Millennialism, nationalism and the descent into war -- 4. The Civitas Corporis Humani � procuring a medicine of piety -- 5. Ulysses and the death of Maier -- 6. The phoenix and the return of the long-absent traveller -- VI. Conclusion: Maier and the Historiography of Alchemy -- 1. Piety and the coniunctio oppositorum -- 2. Chymia and alchemia
3. The �Tradition� and the fate of Maier�s thought4. Alchemy and the re-emergence of Rosicrucianism -- 5. The historiography of alchemy -- Bibliography -- Index -- Illustrations
Summary Annotation 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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Subject Maier, Michael, 1568?-1622.
Alchemy -- History.
Jungian psychology.
Rosicrucians -- History.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
History.
Other Form: Print version: Tilton, Hereward. Quest for the phoenix. Berlin ; New York : Walter de Gruyter, 2003 322 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm. Arbeiten zur Kirchengeschichte ; Bd. 88 9783110176377 (OCoLC)50572166
ISBN 9783110896572 (e-book)
3110896575 (e-book)
9783110176377
3110176378