O brněnských rosenkruciánech, dvou kulturách a racionalizaci

Title in English The Brno Rosicrucians, Two Cultures And Rationalization

MALÝ Tomáš

Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Folia historica Bohemica
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field History
Keywords Rosicrucians; Enlightenment; rationalization; disenchantment; secularization; Brno
Description In the early 1744, the so called confraternity of the star cross was revealed in Brno. Its members were subjected to interrogations and imprisoned for various periods. An extensive surviving material on the case enables analyses into the individual actors opinions (i.e. the fraternity members, the officials, lawyers, the queen and the church representatives) and a chance to meditate on interpretations of this phenomenon, which mingled magical elements, alchemy, a desire to understand the secret of the nature, Christian rituals as well as certain all-remedial ideas. In this article, I attempt to place this issue within the context of historical-sociological research on rationalization, disenchantment and secularization and show applicability of the given terms in similar research.
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