Rosier, according to A Dictionary Of Angels by Gustav Davidson, is "a former lesser-rank angel of the order of dominations, now officiating in Hell", the cited source being Sebastien Michaelis' Admirable History of the Possession and Conversion of a Penitent Woman (1612). Rosier does not appear in the Bible (or Apocrypha), and is not mentioned in the Catholic Encyclopedia or Britannica, but Rosier is recognized in esoteric tradition as a fallen angel (specifically a Dominion of the Second Sphere), and is considered the patron demon of tainted love and seduction. Rosier is French for "rose tree" or "rose bush", and is a common surname in Francophone countries.
In popular culture
- Jean-Bernard Rosier features in the novel Mr Mee (2000) by Andrew Crumey, as creator of an esoteric work titled "Rosier's Encyclopaedia". Crumey's subsequent novels Mobius Dick (2004) and The Secret Knowledge (2013) feature the Rosier Corporation, which is responsible for sinister experiments using quantum computers. The Secret Knowledge includes other characters with surnames from the Sebastien Michaelis' classification of demons, e.g. Verrier, Carreau, Verrine and Oeillet.
- One of the main characters of Kaori Yuki's manga Angel Sanctuary is called Rosiel (also spelled Rociel, ロシエル in the original), and is named after the fallen angel (as stated by the author in a side note to volume 1). The different desinence is due to the uniformity of the [l] and [r] sounds in Japanese. However, there are other ideas as to why the name is spelled with an 'l' rather than an 'r'. Rosiel, in Kaori Yuki's manga, Angel Sanctuary; the name difference due to Yuki ending the names of most angels with "el", meaning "god". When an angel turns away from god, he/she normally abandons the "el" in favour of "er". [See Volume 1]
- "Rosier" is the name of a 1994 single by the Japanese band Luna Sea.
- Edward Rosier is a character in The Portrait Of A Lady by Henry James.
- Rosier is depicted as an incubus and is lord of the incubi in the Cassandra Palmer series by Karen Chance.
- "Rosier the Fallen" is the religious hero of the evil religion "Ashen Veil" in the Civilization 4: Beyond the Sword fantasy mod "Fall from Heaven 2". However he is a human religious fighter who abandoned the good counterreligion "The Order".
- Evan Rosier was a Death Eater in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Druella Rosier was the mother of Bellatrix Lestrange, Andromeda Tonks and Narcissa Malfoy.
- Adam Rosier is a character in The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller.
- Rosier is the name of a demon of obsession in Big Finish's audio drama Dark Shadows: Tainted Love. He is able to possess people through their obsessions in order to try to break into our reality.
- Gavidson, Gustav, A Dictionary of Angels: Including the Fallen Angels, Free Press, 1994, ISBN 9780029070529