A fascinating insight into Rosicrucian and alchemic secret societies popular in France during La Belle Epoque, 1880-1914, and beyond. Beneath the esoteric and spiritual eccentricities detailed in this work lies a tradition of serious esoteric inquiry that occupied some of the greatest minds of the day. The real identity of Fulcanelli is investigated fully and revealed, as are the international roots of the Rosicrucian revivalists of this era. During this period, France was gripped by an anti-Freemasonic and anti-secret society wave of hysteria promoted by the Church and the immense popularity of Rosicrucianism and alchemy arose as a response to this. This is a story of immensely wealthy patrons of esoteric lore - some even able to afford the redesign of numerous chateaux in the style of tarot card iconography - and the influential writers and thinkers who defined the era.
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