By Tara Nummedal
Drawing on legal trial files, contracts, laboratory inventories, satires, and vernacular alchemical treatises, Alchemy and Authority within the Holy Roman Empire situates the typical alchemists, principally invisible to trendy students in the past, on the middle of the advance of early glossy technology and trade. Reconstructing the workaday global of entrepreneurial alchemists, Tara Nummedal indicates how allegations of fraud formed their practices and clients. those debates not just exhibit greatly various understandings of what the “real” alchemy used to be and who may well perform it; additionally they attach a suite of little-known practitioners to the biggest questions on trade, belief, and highbrow authority in early smooth Europe.
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