By Marsha Keith M. Schuchard
This dissertation examines the function of Freemasonry and similar mystery societies within the transmission of the occult traditions in English literary background from the 17th to 20th centuries. The research attracts upon contemporary Renaissance and Hebrew scholarship to outline these parts of vision-inducement and magical theories of artwork which have been constructed into the syncretic Renaissance culture of Cabalistic and airtight symbolism. After the e-book and next suppression of this occult culture through the Rosicrucian agitation in Germany, Rosicrucianism used to be assimilated into the key traditions of Freemasonry in England within the mid-seventeenth century. Many English literary figures, similar to John Dee, Francis Bacon, Elias Ashmole, and John Milton, have been inquisitive about this theosophical, millenial reform circulate.