This volume examines the history of the 18th-Century secret order of the Golden Rosicrucians (Gold- und Rosenkreuzer), one of the most mysterious, exclusive and successful Masonic societies in the German speaking countries of that time. The order and its esoteric roots have so far never been examined on the basis of original documents. The formation and development, the hierarchical structure, leading figures such as princes and ministers, and the system of degrees and secret teachings are explored in-depth and interpreted applying recent and innovative concepts of the Study of Western Esotericism.
Renko D. Geffarth, Dr. phil. (2004) in History, Universität Halle-Wittenberg, is Postdoctoral Researcher at the Interdisciplinary Centre for European Enlightenment Studies, Universität Halle-Wittenberg. He has published on the secret order of the Gold- und Rosenkreuz and on 19th-Century political history.
Academics in history of religions, of ideas, of society, of culture, and of natural sciences, scholars working in the academic study of Western Esotericism, non-academic readers interested in secret societies, history of religions and Esotericism, esp. alchemy.