By Tara Nummedal
Drawing on felony trial documents, contracts, laboratory inventories, satires, and vernacular alchemical treatises, Alchemy and Authority within the Holy Roman Empire situates the typical alchemists, mostly invisible to trendy students in the past, on the middle of the improvement of early glossy technological know-how 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 show drastically different understandings of what the “real” alchemy used to be and who may possibly perform it; additionally they attach a suite of little-known practitioners to the biggest questions on trade, belief, and highbrow authority in early sleek Europe.
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