by: David Ovason

In Shakespeare's Secret Booke, David Ovason explores and deciphers a mysterious numerological code used widely in the esoteric literature of the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods. Shakespeare was masterful in such encoding; as were many other users. This, argues Ovason, points to a secret teaching designed to be recognised by initiates. He reveals that many of the leading esoteric writers - alchemists, occultists and Rosicrucians - contributed to this secret booke, and together they formed a remarkable underground literary movement, using the code especially in reference to the mystery of the Ego, or the higher, invisible Self. One such person was Shakespeare's contemporary, the youthful Johann Valentin Andreae, credited as author of The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz [210906] - a Rosicrucian work replete with sophisticated examples of encoding. How did they do it, and what were the all-important messages?
248pp, 156mm x 234mm, illus. in b&w, Paperback, 2010