This week’s word is from Frances Yates’ seminal book ‘The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age’. The term Rosicrucianism crops up a lot in Yates’ accessible survey of the occult movements of the Renaissance and refers to a philosophical secret society said to have been founded by Christian Rosenkreuz. It holds a doctrine or theology based on ‘the esoteric truths of the ancient past’, which, ‘concealed from the average man, provide insight into nature, the physical universe and the spiritual realm’.

It is brought to you from the Shakespeare-inspired Books About Town bench outside the Globe.

Word of the Week: ‘Rosicrucianism’ (n.); a secret society laying claim to various forms of occult knowledge and power and professing esoteric principles of religion.

From ‘The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age’ by Frances Yates. It’s available to buy in the Globe shop.