Rosicrucians were an obscure secret society that emerged in Germany during the 17th century. Nevertheless, earlier individuals have been identified as Rosicrucians such as the Swedish Runic scholar Johannes Bureus (1568-1652) and the alleged founder of the order, John Dee. Some have pushed the beginnings back to the 15th century(b).
Although there are modern ‘Rosicrucian’ groups, the origins of these bodies are rarely traceable beyond the 19th century in spite of their claims to a lineage that stretches back to ancient Egypt and Atlantis. The basis for such claims is at best imaginary but generally accepted as fraudulent. The Rosicrucians have also been linked with the Holy Grail, a subject that has received greater public interest since the publication of Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code.
*[A 1934 extract(c) from the Rosicrucian Digest reveals their thinking at that time.]*
A recent (2006) edition(a) of Rosicrucian Digest gives an overview of the search for Atlantis at that point in time.
Lewis Spence, an early 20th century atlantologist, was a member of a European Rosicrucian order.