Unlocking Rosicrucian mysteries

THE 17th century Rosicrucian Manifestos are the subject of a new book, written by a member of staff from the Business Research Institute.
Steven Markham has produced a modern English version of the three books, which were originally published in German and Latin.

In the early 17th Century, three documents were published, which came to be known as The Rosicrucian Manifestos. These books promoted a reformation of mankind and spirituality and professed to reveal a hitherto unknown ‘secret society’, based upon the teachings and discoveries of a man referred to as Christian Rosencreutz.

Rosicrucian thought became highly influential throughout Europe and many publications based on or discussing the manifestos were written. It influenced such notable writers as Robert Fludd, Michael Maier and Elias Ashmole, as well as impacting on Freemasonry.

Rosicrucian societies, such as the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and AMORC still operate to the present day, with thousands of members worldwide.

The Rosicrucian Manifestos themselves comprised the Fama Fraternitatis (1614), the Confessio Fraternitatis (1615) and the Chemical Wedding (1616). First published in German and Latin, a translation of the Fama Fraternitatis published in 1652 by Thomas Vaughan, brought the documents to an English-speaking audience.

Steven’s book, Brotherhood, takes the original manifestos and presents them in an easily accessible Modern English version, with explanatory notes to enlighten the reader and offering greater depth without obstructing the reading experience. Illustrated throughout with a mixture of traditional and original drawings, this new edition of the founding Rosicrucian writings brings them to life for the modern reader.

Steven said: “Esoteric and occult subjects, such as alchemy, have long fascinated me and the transformation of thinking throughout Europe that came with the Reformation and the development of the scientific method is an incredible period in our history. Sadly, the founding Rosicrucian documents are an extremely difficult read, being a product of their time, when multiple nested clauses and almost impenetrable writing were considered virtues.
“It has been a personal goal and slightly obsessional hobby of mine to convert these works into a modern form. It feels almost unreal to have finally done it and to see a ‘real’ book right in front of me! I have learned a great deal along the way and uncovered some big surprises too!
I am so pleased to be able to offer a version of these documents that is easily accessible to the modern reader and I have been overwhelmed by the positive responses I have received from readers since its publication.”

For more information visit http://ferretbooks.co.uk

Original article: ‘Forum’ magazine, University of Chester

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