Dame Frances Amelia Yates DBE (November 28, 1899–September 29, 1981) was a noted British historian. The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British Order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. For the town in Argentina, see 28 de Noviembre. Events Year 1899 ( MDCCCXCIX) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Events 522 BC - Darius I of Persia kills the Magian usurper Gaumâta securing his hold as king of the Persian Empire. Year 1981 ( MCMLXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Born in Southsea, Hampshire, she taught at the Warburg Institute of the University of London for many years. Southsea is a Seaside resort located in Portsmouth at the southern tip of Portsea Island in the county of Hampshire in England Wildlife Hampshire has wildlife typical of the island of Great Britain The Warburg Institute is a research institution associated with the University of London. The University of London is a university based primarily in London, England, UK.
Yates' father, a devout Anglican, was a naval engineer who began working in the shipyards as a teenager & supervised the construction of British warships in the years leading up to World War I. Although one of her older sisters attended Girton, like many independent women scholars, Frances was educated at home by her mother. The youngest of four children, she grew up in a middle class family whose Victorian worldview influenced her later scholarship.
She wrote extensively on the occult or neoplatonist philosophies of the Renaissance. The word occult comes from the Latin word occultus (clandestine hidden secret referring to "knowledge of the hidden" The Renaissance (from French Renaissance, meaning "rebirth" Italian: Rinascimento, from re- "again" and nascere Her books Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition (1964), The Art of Memory (1966), and The Rosicrucian Enlightenment (1971), drew attention to the key role played by magic in early modern science and philosophy before scholars such as Keith Thomas brought this topic into the historiographical mainstream. Giordano Bruno (1548 – February 17, 1600) was an Italian Philosopher best-known as an early proponent of Heliocentrism and The Art of Memory is a 1966 Non-fiction book by British historian Frances A Keith Thomas may refer to Keith Thomas (footballer, Australian rules footballer Keith Thomas (historian, British historian With the publication of Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition she transformed Renaissance historiography. In it Yates revealed the hermeticism with which the Renaissance was imbued, and the revived interest in mysticism, magic and Gnosticism of Late Antiquity that survived the Middle Ages. Hermeticism is a set of philosophical and religious beliefs based primarily upon the writings attributed to Hermes Trismegistus, who is put forth as a The Renaissance (from French Renaissance, meaning "rebirth" Italian: Rinascimento, from re- "again" and nascere Late Antiquity (c 300-600 is a Periodization used by historians to describe the transitional centuries from Classical Antiquity to the Middle Ages, in In the face of longstanding conventional interpretations, Yates suggested that the itinerant Catholic priest Giordano Bruno was martyred in 1600 for espousing the Hermetic tradition rather than his affirmation of heliocentricity. Giordano Bruno (1548 – February 17, 1600) was an Italian Philosopher best-known as an early proponent of Heliocentrism and In Astronomy, heliocentrism is the theory that the Sun is at the center of the Solar System.
Some of her conclusions have later been challenged by other scholars. 
As was the case with so many families of her time, the death of her only brother in World War I, along with the ravages of World War II, underscored her disdain for rampant nationalism and contributed to her espousal of interdisciplinary historiography. For more than forty years she was affiliated with the Warburg Institute, University of London.
The author of many books and articles, Yates was recipient of numerous prizes and honorary degrees. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1972, and raised to Dame Commander (DBE) in 1977. The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British Order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. Yates remains one of the great scholars of Renaissance Europe; her book The Art of Memory (1966) has been named one of the most significant non-fiction books of the 20th century.
Frances Yates and the Hermetic Tradition by Marjorie G. Jones, the first biography of this pioneering woman scholar, is scheduled to be published in June 2008 by Ibis Press (ISBN: 978-0-89254-133-1).
The American novelist John Crowley drew extensively on Yates for the occult motifs in Little, Big (1981) and Aegypt (1987-2007). John Crowley (born December 1, 1942) is an American author of Fantasy, Science fiction and mainstream fiction Little Big or The Fairies' Parliament is a modern fantasy novel by John Crowley, published in 1981. Ægypt is a sequence of four novels by John Crowley detailing the work and life of Pierce Moffett who prepares a manuscript for publication even as it prepares
She died in Surbiton, Surrey after brief illness. Surbiton, a suburban area of London in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, is a commuter town next to the river Thames, populated with a mixture Surrey is a county in the South East of England and is one of the Home Counties.