The Hedge School: The Rosicrucian Documents of the 17th Century (online course)
In this course we will cover the source of “the Rosicrucian furor” that so gripped the intellectual and theological imagination of the 17th century. The documents in question—Fama Fraternitatis (1614), Confessio Fraternitatis (1615), and The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz (1616)—relate a fascinating mythos concerning this mysterious fraternity (if it was one), and has much to say about the theosophical. We will also look at some of the related figures of the movement—Robert Fludd, Thomas and Henry Vaughan, Michael Maier, and Jacob Boehme—as well as the reception of these documents through history. In my scholarly career, I have written extensively about this movement in Literature and the Encounter with God in Post-Reformation England, The Submerged Reality, The Heavenly Kingdom, not to mention my edition of The Chymical Wedding. The course will be livestreamed only for participants and will be held on five consecutive Fridays starting 21 October 2023 at 1:00 pm Eastern Time (US). Cost is $100 and can be paid by check or via Venmo @Michael-Martin-295. Contact me at email@example.com if you have more questions. Ex Deo Nascimur; In Christo Morimur; Per Spiritum Sanctum Reviviscimus.