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The Resource The dark side of the enlightenment : wizards, alchemists, and spiritual seekers in the age of reason, John V. Fleming

The dark side of the enlightenment : wizards, alchemists, and spiritual seekers in the age of reason, John V. Fleming

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The dark side of the enlightenment : wizards, alchemists, and spiritual seekers in the age of reason
Title
The dark side of the enlightenment
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wizards, alchemists, and spiritual seekers in the age of reason
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John V. Fleming
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In The Dark Side of the Enlightenment John V. Fleming shows how the impulses of the European Enlightenment, generally associated with great strides in the liberation of human thought from superstition and traditional religion, were challenged by tenacious religious ideas or channeled into the darker pursuits of the esoteric and the occult. His topics include the stubborn survival of the miraculous, the Enlightenment roles of Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry and the widespread pursuit of magic and alchemy. Though we tend not to associate what was once called alchemy with what we now call chemistry, Fleming shows that the difference is merely one of linguistic modernization. Alchemy was once the chemistry, of Arabic derivation, and its practitioners were among the principal scientists and physicians of their ages. No point is more important for understanding the strange and fascinating figures in this book than the prestige of alchemy among the learned men of the age. Fleming follows some of these complexities and contradictions of the "Age of Lights" into the biographies of two of its extraordinary offspring. The first is the controversial wizard known as Count Cagliostro, the "Egyptian" freemason, unconventional healer, and alchemist known most infamously for his ambiguous association with the Affair of the Diamond Necklace, which history has viewed as among the possible harbingers of the French Revolution and a major contributing factor in the growing unpopularity of Marie Antoinette. Fleming also reviews the career of Julie de Krüdener, the sentimental novelist, Pietist preacher, and political mystic who would later become notorious as a prophet. Impressively researched and wonderfully erudite, this rich narrative history sheds light on some lesser-known mental extravagances and beliefs of the Enlightenment era and brings to life some of the most extraordinary characters ever encountered either in history or fiction.--Book jacket
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DLC
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Fleming, John V
Dewey number
130.94/09033
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
B802
LC item number
.F55 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • Enlightenment
  • Occultism
  • Alchemy
  • Science
  • Enlightenment
  • Occultism
  • Aufklärung
  • Okkultismus
  • Wunderglaube
  • Enlightenment
  • Occultism
Label
The dark side of the enlightenment : wizards, alchemists, and spiritual seekers in the age of reason, John V. Fleming
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Cagliostro declining
  • Julie de Krüdener, mondaine
  • Julie de Krüdener, dévote
  • Introduction:
  • The light and the dark
  • Valentine Greatrakes, the stroker
  • The convulsionists
  • The Rosy Cross
  • The Freemasons
  • Three occult arts
  • Cagliostro ascending
Control code
ocn845349380
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xv, 414 pages
Isbn
9780393079463
Lccn
2013013745
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780393079463
  • (OCoLC)845349380
Label
The dark side of the enlightenment : wizards, alchemists, and spiritual seekers in the age of reason, John V. Fleming
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Cagliostro declining
  • Julie de Krüdener, mondaine
  • Julie de Krüdener, dévote
  • Introduction:
  • The light and the dark
  • Valentine Greatrakes, the stroker
  • The convulsionists
  • The Rosy Cross
  • The Freemasons
  • Three occult arts
  • Cagliostro ascending
Control code
ocn845349380
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xv, 414 pages
Isbn
9780393079463
Lccn
2013013745
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780393079463
  • (OCoLC)845349380

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