By Raffaella Faggionato
The writer undertakes an research into the historical past of Russian Freemasonry that has now not been tried formerly. Her premise is that the Russian Enlightenment indicates bizarre good points, which forestall the applying of the interpretative framework generic for the heritage of western inspiration. the writer offers with the improvement of early Russian masonry, the formation of the Novikov circle in Moscow, the ‘programme’ of Rosicrucianism and the nature of its Russian version and, eventually, the conflict among the Rosicrucians and the nation. the writer concludes that the defenders of the Ancien Régime weren't flawed. in truth the democratic behaviour, the severe angle, the perform of participation, the liberty of notion, the tolerance for the range, the quest for an instantaneous conversation with the divinity, in brief all of the attitudes and behaviours first practiced contained in the eighteenth century Rosicrucian motels constituted a cultural event which unfold in the course of the whole society. Novikov’s imprisonment in 1792 and the battle opposed to the Rosicrucian literature have been makes an attempt to thwart a tradition, in keeping with the independence of concept that was once taking root contained in the very institution, representing a threat to its stability.
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A Rosicrucian Utopia in Eighteenth-Century Russia: The Masonic Circle of N.I. Novikov by Raffaella Faggionato