Modern Rosicrucian groups have different opinions about Christian Rosencreuz. Some believe he actually existed as the early documents assert; others see the name as a pseudonym for one or more historic personages (Francis Bacon perhaps). Still others view the story as a parable, and occult legend that points to more profound truth.
Knowledge of Christian Rosenkreuz and the Order he supposedly founded was given to the world in three documents in the second decade of the seventeenth century:
The Fama Fraternitas of the Meritorious Order of the Rosy Cross (1614) The Confession of the Rosicrucian Fraternity (1615) The Chumical Marriage of Christian Rosenkreuz (1616 pub purportedly written by Christian Rosenkreuz in 1459)
Common thought within the Rosicrucian community looks upon Christian Rosenkreuz as a fantastic legend, with it's main purpose being to reestablish the main purpose of the Order, founded in ancient Egypt.