Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism

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Edited by: Wouter J. Hanegraaff, in collaboration with Antoine Faivre, Roelof van den Broek and Jean-Pierre Brach

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Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism Online is the comprehensive reference work to cover the entire domain of “Gnosis and Western Esotericism” from the period of Late Antiquity to the present. Containing around 400 articles by over 180 international specialists, Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism Online provides critical overviews discussing the nature and historical development of all its important currents and manifestations, from Gnosticism and Hermetism to Astrology, Alchemy and Magic, from the Hermetic Tradition of the Renaissance to Rosicrucianism and Christian Theosophy, and from Freemasonry and Illuminism to 19thcentury Occultism and the contemporary New Age movement. Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism Online also contains articles about the life and work of all the major personalities in the history of Gnosis and Western Esotericism, discussing their ideas, significance, and historical influence.

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Vilanova, Arnau de

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Villard de Honnecourt and the Medieval Craft

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Author(s): Bechmann, Roland
Villard de Honnecourt, who, in his manuscript written in the French of Picardy (Bibliothèque Nationale de France Ms fr 19093), spelled his name “Wilars”, is known only by this collection of small parchment leaves (14 × 22,5 cm. on average), bound in a leather portfolio. Many folios have disappeared since the 13th century, when the author assembled the drawings and texts executed in various places to form, as he called it, a book. Remaining are thirty-three folios (66 pages) out of about fifty th…

Viterbo, Egidio da

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Author(s): Brach, Jean-Pierre
Viterbo, Egidio da (Egidio Antonini), * 1469 (Viterbo), † 12 Jan 1532 (Rome) Having entered the Order of Augustine Hermits (1488), where he rapidly became the secretary of Fra Mariano da Genazzano, Lorenzo de' Medici's favourite preacher and a well-known early opponent of Girolamo Savonarola (1452-1498), Egidio Antonini acquired the elements of a complete humanistic education, including the study of several oriental languages: aramaic, hebrew and arabic. Gifted and hard-working, he achieved an enviable reput…