Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age

ISBN-10: 0415254094
ISBN-13: 9780415254090
Edition: 2001
Authors: Frances Yates
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List price: $20.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 7/2/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

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 Agewas 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.

Dame Frances Amelia Yates (1899-1981) was Reader in the History of the Renaissance at the University of London.�She was�a�scholar of hermetic and occult philosophy�in the Renaissance.�Her book The Art of Memory, published by the University of Chicago Press,�has been named one of the most significant non-fiction books of the 20th century. Among her�other books is�Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition, also published by the�Press.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction
The Occult Philosophy in Renaissance and Reformation
Medieval Christian Cabala: The Art of Ramon Lull
The Occult Philosophy in the Italian Renaissance: Pico della Mirandola
The Occult Philosophy in the Reformation: Johannes Reuchlin
The Cabalist Friar of Venice: Francesco Giorgi
The Occult Philosophy and Magic: Henry Cornelius Agrippa
The Occult Philosophy and Melancholy: Durer and Agrippa
Reactions against the Occult Philosophy: the Witch Craze
The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age
John Dee: Christian Cabalist
Spenser's Neoplatonism and the Occult Philosophy: John Dee and The Faerie Queene
Elizabethan England and the Jews
The Reaction: Christopher Marlowe on Conjurors, Imperialists and Jews
Shakespeare and Christian Cabala: Francesco Giorgi and the Merchant of Venice
Agrippa and Elizabethan Melancholy: George Chapman's Shadow of Night
Shakespearean Fairies, Witches, Melancholy: King Lear and the Demons
Prospero: The Shakespearean Magus
The Occult Philosophy and Rosicrucianism and Puritanism. The Return of the Jews to England
Christian Cabala and Rosicrucianism
The Occult Philosophy and Puritanism: John Milton
The Return of the Jews to England
Epilogue
Notes
Index

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