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By Donald R Dickson

A learn of the Protestant utopian move that all started in Germany, encouraged in huge degree via the writings of Johann Valentin Adreae, and got here to England during the efforts of the emigre Samuel Hartlib. the 1st chapters learn Andreae's utopian writings, together with the Rosicrucian manifestos, as a part of his lifelong dedication to stumbled on a Societas Christiana, a non secular elite that may enhance spiritual and highbrow lifestyles. His writings sparked a transnational circulation in early smooth Europe. the main major of the German realized societies are mentioned: The Societas Ereunetica, Unio Christiana, and Antilia. The latter chapters ponder Hartlib's English circles and numerous utopian and realized societies within the 1650s. This examine contributes to our knowing of the function that "secret" societies and epistolary networks had within the republic of letters."

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