In the early 17th century three documents were published which came to be known as ‘The Rosicrucian Manifestos’.
These books promoted a reformation of mankind and spirituality and professed to reveal a hitherto unknown ‘secret society’ based upon the teachings and discoveries of a man referred to as Christian Rosencreutz.
Rosicrucian thought became highly influential throughout Europe and many publications based on or discussing the manifestos were written. It influenced such notable writers as Robert Fludd, Michael Maier and Elias Ashmole, as well as influencing Freemasonry.
The Rosicrucian Manifestos themselves comprised the Fama Fraternitatis (1614), the Confessio Fraternitatis (1615) and the Chemical Wedding (1616). First published in German and Latin, an English version of the Fama Fraternitatis published in 1652 by Thomas Vaughan, brought the documents to an English-speaking audience.