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Initiating the Millennium

The Avignon Society and Illuminism in Europe

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Initiating the Millennium by Robert Collis
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In Initiating the Millennium, Robert Collis and Natalie Bayer fill a substantial lacuna in the study of an initiatic society-known variously as the Illumines d'Avignon, the Avignon Society, the New Israel Society, and the Union-that flourished across Europe between 1779 and 1807. Based on hitherto neglected archival material, this study provides a wealth of fresh insights into a group that included members of various Christian confessions from countries spanning the length and breadth of the Continent. The founding members of this society forged a unique group that incorporated distinct strands of Western esotericism (particularly alchemy and arithmancy) within an all-pervading millenarian worldview. Collis and Bayer demonstrate that the doctrine of premillennialism-belief in the imminent advent of Christ's reign on Earth-soon came to constitute the raison d'etre of the society. Using a chronological approach, the authors chart the machinations of the leading figures of the society (most notably the Polish gentleman Tadeusz Grabianka). They also examine the way in which the group reacted to and was impacted by the tumultuous events that rocked Europe during its twenty-eight years of existence. The result is a new understanding of the vital role played by the so-called Union within the wider millenarian and illuministic milieu at the close of the eighteenth century and beginning of the nineteenth century.

Author Biography

Robert Collis is the author of The Petrine Instauration: Religion, Science, and Esotericism at the Court of Peter the Great, 1689-1725. He is a Visiting Professor of History at Drake University. Natalie Bayer is Associate Professor of History at Drake University.
Release date NZ
January 13th, 2020
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Oxford University Press Inc
Pages
264
ISBN-13
9780190903374
Product ID
31375312

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