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The first scholarly book on Thomas Vaughan (1621–1666) draws from recent studies in Western esotericism to place his famously difficult writings in their proper context. It shows that they develop themes from a distinctively Rosicrucian synthesis of alchemy, magic, and Christian cabala. Vaughan introduced Rosicrucian documents to English readers and placed them in older philosophical contexts during the breakdown of censorship that followed the English Revolution against the old order in politics and religion. Willard’s book will appeal to students of early modern ideas about religion, science, and society as they were seen by an intelligent and eloquent outsider.
In: Lux in Tenebris
In: Lux in Tenebris
Author: Thomas Willard

‭The Rosicrucian manifestos of 1614–1615 were published in England in 1652, based on a translation that circulated for at least twenty years in manuscript copies in England and Scotland. The manifestos were introduced in a preface by the Welsh alchemist Thomas Vaughan (1623–1666), who had published a series of short books on aspects of alchemy and esoteric knowledge. Ignoring the radical religious and political overtones of the Rosicrucian message developed in Germany, Vaughan emphasized the limitations of European science and the power of the learning that Christian Rosenkreuz was said to have brought from the Arab world. He concentrated on the Rosicrucians’ ‘physical work’ in alchemy, but he understood it as having implications for beyond the physical world in the celestial and supercelestial worlds.‬

In: Aries