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Fascinating! Feb 19, 2004
What a wonderful book! Recommended not only for scholars, but also for the layperson interested in alchemy and the Western esoteric tradition. The reader learns not only about the adventurous life and fascinating writings of the famous German alchemist Michael Maier, but also gets insight into the facts and myths concerning the origins of Rosicrucianism. Tilton has opened a fascinating world to the reader in this book.
Quest for the Phoenix Oct 16, 2003
Table of Contents
Foreword I Introduction: Jung and Early Modern Alchemy 1 The alchemical chimera 1 2 The reception of Jung amongst historians of alchemy 2 3 The arguments of Principe and Newman 9 4 The origins of Jung's alchemy and the work of Richard Noll 18 5 'Secret threads': the seventeenth century 'Carl Jung of Mainz' and Count Michael Maier 22 6 Spiritual alchemy, Rosicrucianism and the work of Count Michael Maier 30
II Maier's Formative Years 1 The context of Maier's life and thought 35 2 Auguries of fortune: Maier's childhood and parentage 38 3 The influence of Governor Heinrich Rantzau 45 4 Galenism and Maier's studies at Frankfurt an der Oder 48 5 'First love and grief': Maier's peregrinatio academica 54 6 The theses on epilepsy 59 7 Contact with the arcana 61 8 Maier's first alchemical experiment 65
III Bohemia and England 1 Maier at the court of Emperor Rudolf II 69 2 The Hymnosophia 71 3 The reversal of fortune 77 4 The most secret of secrets 80 5 A 'Rosicrucian mission' to England? 87 6 The seventeenth rung of the alchemical ladder and the art of gold-making 91 7 A journey to England 99 8 Francis Anthony and the 'drinkable gold' 102 9 The Golden Tripod: "Truth is concealed under the cover of shadows" 107
IV The Rosicrucian 'Imposture' 1 Illness and a chance encounter 113 2 The origins of Rosicrucianism and the Leipzig Manuscript of Michael Maier 116 3 Johann Valentin Andreae and the nature of the Order 127 4 The serious jest 131 5 An invitation to Rosicrucians, wherever they may lie hidden 139 6 Uncovering the true Brethren 150 7 Defining Rosicrucianism: Silentium post Clamores and the Themis Aurea 160 8 Regni Christi frater: Maier's 'entrance into the Order' 173
V The Completion of the Work 1 The squaring of the natural circle 181 2 Maier and the Calvinist court of Moritz of Hessen-Kassel 189 3 Millennialism, nationalism and the descent into war 192 4 The Civitas Corporis Humani - procuring a medicine of piety 202 5 Ulysses and the death of Maier 208 6 The phoenix and the return of the long-absent traveller 215
VI Conclusion: Maier and the Historiography of Alchemy 1 Piety and the coniunctio oppositorum 233 2 Chymia and alchemia 235 3 The 'Tradition' and the fate of Maier's thought 237 4 Alchemy and the re-emergence of Rosicrucianism 249 5 The historiography of alchemy 253