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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Dame Frances Amelia Yates DBE (November 28, 1899 – September 29, 1981) was a noted British historian. She taught at the Warburg Institute of the University of London for many years.

She wrote extensively on the occult or neoplatonist philosophies of the Renaissance. Her books Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition (1964), The Art of Memory (1966), and The Rosicrucian Enlightenment (1971) are major works. She dealt with traditions whose remoteness she could not eliminate, even while she made them more understandable.


  • John Florio: The Life of an Italian in Shakespeare's England (1934)
  • A study of Love's labour's lost (1936)
  • The French Academies of the Sixteenth Century (1947)
  • The Valois Tapestries (1959)
  • Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition (1964) ISBN 9780226950075
  • The Art of Memory (1966) ISBN 9780226950013
  • Theatre of the World (1969)
  • The Rosicrucian Enlightenment (1972)
  • Astraea : The Imperial Theme in the Sixteenth Century (1975)
  • Shakespeare's Last Plays: A New Approach (1975)
  • The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age (1979)
  • Lull and Bruno (1982) Collected Essays I
  • Renaissance and Reform : The Italian Contribution (1983) Collected Essays II
  • Ideas and Ideals in the North European Renaissance (1984) Collected Essays III

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