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Youth: —[ edit ] It seems to me now the Golden Age, in which the security and stability of the Victorian era were still intact and seemed the natural state of affairs, which would continue for ever though in a less severe and easier form.
It was not, of course, a golden age for all, but for me it was a time of perfect safety and happiness when I first put down roots of experience and inquiry in a world which made sense. He had taught himself to read and was a keen reader, ensuring that his children had access to plenty of books. In her early years, she was home schooled, being taught to read by her sisters before her mother took over her education as they moved away from home.
I am not much good at painting, I am no good at all at music, so there is only writing left. So I will write. As a teenager I lived among the ruins.
In the early s she began an undergraduate degree in French at the University College, London. Enrolled as an external student , she devoted herself to her studies, and did not socialise with other students. She was awarded her BA with first-class honours in May Her thesis was titled "Contribution to the Study of the French Social Drama in the Sixteenth Century", and in it she argued that the plays of this period could be seen as propaganda aimed at the illiterate population.
Supervised by Louis M. Brandin and F. Eccles, she was awarded her MA on the basis of it in It was published by Cambridge University Press in She offered the book to Cambridge University Press, who declined to publish it, and later commented that it was "the worst of my efforts In these articles, she did not yet associate Bruno with Hermeticism. She described this as "an ambitious effort to apply the Warburgian modes of work, to use art, music philosophy, religion" to elucidate the subject.
Bing was a close friend of Yates, and they often went on holidays together. She offered a novel interpretation of the tapestries, approaching them as if they were "a detective story" and arguing that they were meant as portraits of the French royal family. In her diary, she wrote that she now "saw Hermeticism as the clue to Bruno and the whole view of Renaissance magic in relation to him.
It did not prove as successful as her books published in the s. Yates suggested that the itinerant Catholic priest Giordano Bruno was executed in for espousing the Hermetic tradition rather than his affirmation of cosmic eccentricity. Her works drew attention to the role played by magic in early modern science and philosophy, before scholars such as Keith Thomas brought this topic into the historiographical mainstream. Thomas references Yates, alongside Piyo M. Rattansi, for the basic point that hermetic thinking fed into the foundations of modern science, before being dispelled later.
Paolo Rossi identified two key points in it: the past importance and later loss of mnemnotechnics as a human power, where he argues that she overstated the occult or " Jungian " aspect; and the subsequent marginalization of the area, which he considers valid and of wider applicability. Jones, the first biography of Yates, was published in by Ibis Press. Scholarly critiques[ edit ] It is now said that Yates founded a paradigm , or gave out a grand narrative.
In those terms, a so-called Yates paradigm sometimes Yates Thesis , her work is contested freely. This is a view that Wouter Hanegraaff has put forth, starting with Yates as the scholar first to treat Renaissance hermeticism, integrated with Rosicrucianism , as a coherent aspect of European culture. He has stated it as an attractive paradox, the autonomous esotericism helping give birth to the scientific mentality that will be dismissive of its parent.
But, it is now said, there was no unitary esoteric tradition and that view is only tenable on a selective reading of the evidence. The arguments surrounding this questioning of Yates include Lodovico Lazzarelli and the rival views of Antoine Faivre , who has proposed a clearer definition of esotericism.
An extra assumption, that the magus had a point of view that could be recovered, was fashionably added. Further he argues that essentialist rather than nominalist use of the very term "esotericism" has vitiated succeeding work.
The "Yates paradigm", in his view, dominated in the s but fell by the wayside in the s for scholars. These related to paths, and how actual influence on science was effected. Brian Vickers identifies Rattansi, A. Debus and Peter J. French as on the side of the Yates thesis, with M. He notes that the debate up to was not conducted by close reading of texts and evidence; he himself is entirely unconvinced by the thesis.
Jones described the historian as a "deeply emotional, even passionate" woman, who was "depressive, moody, [and] frequently unhappy",  as well as being fiercely determined and hard working. Protestant] revolution of , and all the miserable complications which ensued, deprived me of part of my natural and native inheritance as an English Catholic.
Frances Yates, the Rosicrucian Enlightenment
Youth: —[ edit ] It seems to me now the Golden Age, in which the security and stability of the Victorian era were still intact and seemed the natural state of affairs, which would continue for ever though in a less severe and easier form. It was not, of course, a golden age for all, but for me it was a time of perfect safety and happiness when I first put down roots of experience and inquiry in a world which made sense. He had taught himself to read and was a keen reader, ensuring that his children had access to plenty of books. In her early years, she was home schooled, being taught to read by her sisters before her mother took over her education as they moved away from home. I am not much good at painting, I am no good at all at music, so there is only writing left. So I will write.
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