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Rudolf Steiner, The Britisch Connection

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Rudolf Steiner: The British Connection offers genuinely new and valuable
research into the early life and thought
of one of the greatest cultural innovators
of our time.

Temole Lodge Publishing
November 2011;

736pp; 23.5 x 15.5 cm;
paperback;  £42;

ISBN 978 1 906999 29 2

Rudolf Steiner: The British Connection

Elements from his Early Life and Cultural Development

Crispian Villeneuve


Following his major work on Rudolf Steiner’s ten visits to Britain, Crispian Villeneuve studies Steiner’s relationship to the British Isles in the 40 or so years before those visits took place. The theme of Steiner’s early connection to British culture leads inevitably to the broader topic of his relationship to modern science. This in turn highlights the polarity and tension between the Goethean philosophic view that arises from Middle Europe, and the ‘Baconian’ perspective emanating from Western Europe.


Interweaving these contrasting Baconian and Goethean world-views, Villeneuve presents numerous primary texts – often culled from obscure sources, and many previously unavailable in English translation – with commentary relating to Rudolf Steiner and the nineteenth century. We learn about Steiner’s teachers, Karl Julius Schroer and Edmund Reitlinger, as well as English polymath William Whewell. The latter figure was perhaps the greatest admirer of Francis Bacon in recorded history, but maintained manifold connections to Middle Europe.


CRISPIAN VILLENEUVE was born in England in 1950 and met Anthroposophy in London in 1973. He has worked for many years in centres of the Camphill Movement caring for people with special needs.

Review The British Connection Reviev Johannes M. Surkamp


Rudolf Steiner in Britain

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Rudolf Steiner in Britain

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Rudolf Steiner in Britain

A Documentation of his Ten Visits

Volume I, 1902-1921 / Volume II, 1922-1925

Crispian Villeneuve


Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Anthroposophy, spent some five months of his life in Britain, visiting it ten times between the years 1902 and 1924. With the exception of German-speaking countries, the longest time Steiner spent abroad was in Britain, a place he clearly considered as central to his work.


In this extraordinarily thorough study of over 1,200 pages and dozens of illustrations, Crispian Villeneuve documents these important visits, reproducing letters, articles, records and other archival material - much of it published for the first time. He also studies the interconnected theme of the life and work of D.N. Dunlop, Rudolf Steiner’s closest British colleague.


Rudolf Steiner in Britain has special significance for English-speaking peoples around the world, as well as for those seeking to understand how and why Steiner disseminated his spiritual world-view. Villeneuve’s two-volume opus, the fruit of a decade of research, is finally available in a paperback edition.


CRISPIAN VILLENEUVE was born in England in 1950 and met Anthroposophy in London in 1973. He has worked for many years in centres of the Camphill Movement caring for people with special needs.


Temple Lodge Publishing
September 2009;

2 volumes, 1280pp + 48pp illust.; 23.5 x 15.5 cm;
paperback; £50;

ISBN 978 1 906999 03 2


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