In this long awaited sequel to THE GNOSTICS, Tobias Churton takes the reader on an enthralling journey through 1600 years of esoteric spiritual history. Following closely the Hermetic spiritual philosophical stream we encounter great men of magic and wisdom, spiritual heroes and masters like Paracelsus, Caspar Schwenkfeld, Johann Valentin Andreae and Elias Ashmole.
In a breathtaking span of detailed research, Churton unveils the historical facts behind not only the mysterious Fraternity of the Rose Cross the Rosicrucians but also reveals, without resorting to mythology or pseudo-history, the most up to date knowledge on the development of gnostic alchemy and the true origins of Pre-Grand Lodge Free Masonry.
Debunking myths while revealing genuine mysteries, not only is this richly fascinating book an enticing and clever read, it also contains much of spiritual wisdom, divine paradox and discerning insight into the deeper meaning and magic of human existence, as revealed in the original records and inspiring lives of THE GOLDEN BUILDERS.
Writer and film-maker TOBIAS CHURTON is best known for his work on Channel 4s award winning GNOSTICS series, and the best selling Channel 4 book which accompanied it. Once described as "our only visual theologian", Churton was also founder editor of the controversial Freemasonry Today magazine. He has recently completed a dramatic film on Elias Ashmole and the origins of Freemasonry, A Mighty Good Man (Dragon Films).