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Rose Cross and the Age of Reason, The
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Examines the relationship between diverse iterations of Rosicrucianism and the philosophy of the Enlightenment. This new edition of Christopher McIntosh's classic book on the Golden and Rosy Cross order is eagerly awaited. The order stands out as one of the most fascinating and influential of the high-degree masonic and illuminist groups that mushroomed in Europe from the 18th century onward. Active mainly in the German-speaking lands, it recast the original Rosicrucian vision and gave it renewed vitality. At one point it became politically influential when the Prussian King, Frederick William II, was a member of the order. Historians have often perceived the Golden and Rosy Cross as having had a conservative, anti-Enlightenment agenda, but this study – drawing on rare German sources – shows that the matter was more complex. The members of the order practiced alchemy and operated a degree system that was later imitated by later orders such as the Golden Dawn. Like the latter, the Golden and Rosy Cross exerted a wide and enduring cultural influence. Both the alchemy of the order and its powerful ritual system are insightfully described in Christopher McIntosh's clear and compelling style.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. p. v
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  1. PREFACE
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. FOREWORD TO THE SECOND EDITION
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. Chapter One. THE ENLIGHTENMENT, THE AUFKLÄRUNG AND THEIR OPPONENTS
  2. pp. 7-21
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  1. Chapter Two. ROSICRUCIANISM FROM ITS ORIGINS TO THE EARLY 18TH CENTURY
  2. pp. 23-37
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  1. Chapter Three. THE MASONIC PHASE
  2. pp. 39-58
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  1. Chapter Four. THE WORLD OF THE INITIATE
  2. pp. 59-74
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  1. Chapter Five. THE ALCHEMY OF THE GOLD- UND ROSENKREUZ
  2. pp. 75-90
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  1. Chapter Six. THE POLEMICAL STANCE OF THE GOLD- UND ROSENKREUZ
  2. pp. 91-111
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  1. Chapter Seven. A ROSICRUCIAN ON THE PRUSSIAN THRONE
  2. pp. 113-131
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  1. Chapter Eight. THE AUFKLÄRUNG REACTION AND THE DECLINE OF THE GOLD- UND ROSENKREUZ
  2. pp. 133-145
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  1. Chapter Nine. ROSICRUCIANISM IN POLAND AND RUSSIA
  2. pp. 147-159
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  1. Chapter Ten. THE ASIATIC BRETHREN
  2. pp. 161-177
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  1. Chapter Eleven. CONCLUSION
  2. pp. 179-183
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  1. A Note on Sources
  2. pp. 185-187
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 189-194
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 195-200
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. 201-210
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