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Prospero's America : John Winthrop, Jr., alchemy, and the creation of New England culture, 1606-1676

Author: Walter William Woodward; Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture.
Publisher: Chapel Hill : Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture by the University of North Carolina Press, ©2010.
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John Winthrop, Jr. participated in a pan-European network of natural philosophers who believed alchemy could improve the human condition and hasten Christ's Second Coming. Walter Woodward demonstrates how Winthrop and his philosophy influenced New England's cultural formation: its settlement, economy, religious toleration, Pequot Indian relations, medical practice, witchcraft prosecution, and imperial diplomacy.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: John Winthrop; John Winthrop; John (Kolonisator Winthrop; John Winthrop; John Winthrop; John Winthrop
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Walter William Woodward; Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture.
ISBN: 9780807833018 0807833010 9781469600871 1469600870
OCLC Number: 435728500
Description: viii, 317 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: John Winthrop, Jr., and the European alchemical movement of the early seventeenth century --
The republic of alchemy and the pansophic moment --
Founding a new London --
Which man's land? Conflict and competition in pequot country --
Alchemical vision refined --
"God's secret": John Winthrop, Jr., alchemical healing, and the medical culture of early New England --
The magus as mediator: witchcraft, alchemy, and authority in the Connecticut witch-hunt of the 1660s --
"Matters of present utility:" John Winthrop, Jr., the Royal Society, and the politics of intelligence in restoration New England.
Responsibility: Walter W. Woodward.

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Examines the transfer of alchemical culture to America by one of English colonization's early giants, John Winthrop, Jr. Winthrop participated in a pan-European network of natural philosophers who  Read more...

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