Christian Knorr von Rosenroth was the son of a protestant minister from Selesia. During his travells around Europe he came into contact with, and was deeply influenced by, the writings of Jacob Boehme. For the last 21 years of his life he was a close adviser to a Bavarian prince. Christian August, wo shared his mystical interests. He was also in touch with the Cambridge philosopher Henry More and the Belgian mystic Franciscus Mercurius Van Helmont. He was an inspired religious poet, interested in Christian mysticism, and also developed an interest in Kabbalah, and aquired manuscript copies of Lurianic material. On the basis of all this he wrote The Kabbalah Denudata (The Kabbalah Uncovered), the first translation of the Zohar into Latin. "Hermetic" or "Magical" Kabbalah (Qabalah), concerning which so many books are available in esoteric bookshops at present, is strongly based on the Mather's translation into English (with commentaries) of Rosenroth's book. The Theosophy of Blavatsky likewise shows connections here, due to Blavatsky's drawing on Mathers for Kabbalah.
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