The Rise of Alchemy in Fourteenth-Century England: by Jonathan Hughes

By Jonathan Hughes

Alchemists did greater than try and transmute base metals into gold: they studied planetary affects on metals and other people, subtle crops and minerals within the look for medications and encouraged the regeneration of subject and spirit. This e-book illustrates how this new department of notion turned more and more renowned because the sensible and theoretical wisdom of alchemists unfold all through England.Adopted via these in courtroom and the circles of the Aristocracy for his or her personal actual and non secular wishes, it was once tailored for the analysis and healing remedy of the health problems of the physique politic and its head, the king. this is often the 1st paintings to synthesize all features of alchemy and express its contribution to highbrow, social and political existence within the fourteenth century. Hughes explores a wealthy physique of manuscripts to bare the day-by-day exercises of the alchemist and his imaginitive mindscape, and considers the contribution of alchemy to the vernacular tradition and political debate, resulting in a reassessment of the highbrow lifetime of the center ages.

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