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Alchemy and authority in the Holy Roman Empire

Author: Tara E Nummedal
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2007.
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What distinguished the true alchemist from the fraud? This question animated the lives and labors of the common men?and occasionally women?who made a living as alchemists in the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Holy Roman Empire. As purveyors of practical techniques, inventions, and cures, these entrepreneurs were prized by princely patrons, who relied upon alchemists to bolster their political fortunes. At the  Read more...
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Nummedal, Tara E.
Alchemy and authority in the Holy Roman Empire.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2007
(DLC) 2007002521
(OCoLC)80020100
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tara E Nummedal
ISBN: 9780226608570 0226608573
OCLC Number: 309906369
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 260 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Assembling expertise --
The alchemist's personae --
Entrepreneurial alchemy --
Contracting the philosopher's stone --
Laboratories, space, and secrecy --
Betrüger on trial.
Responsibility: Tara Nummedal.

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What distinguished true alchemist from fraud? This question animated the lives and labors of common men who made a living as alchemists in sixteenth-and seventeenth-century Holy Roman Empire.  Read more...

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