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Alchemical belief : occultism in the religious culture of early modern England /
Bruce Janacek.
imprint
University Park, PA : Pennsylvania State University Press, c2011.
description
xiv, 222 p. : ill., facsims. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0271050136 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780271050133 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
University Park, PA : Pennsylvania State University Press, c2011.
isbn
0271050136 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780271050133 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Thomas Tymme and natural philosophy: schism and alchemical unity in the book of nature -- Robert Fludd, natural theology, and the alchemical debate of 1623 -- Francis Bacon, alchemy, and the great redemption -- Catholic natural philosophy: alchemy and the revivification of Sir Kenelm Digby -- Elias Ashmole: the collection and culmination of alchemical thought.
abstract
"Explores the practice of alchemy in the context of the religious and political tensions in late Elizabethan and early Stuart England, and the use of occult knowledge to demonstrate proof of theological doctrines"--Provided by publisher.
catalogue key
8176455
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [193]-210) and index.
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"Explores the practice of alchemy in the context of the religious and political tensions in late Elizabethan and early Stuart England, and the use of occult knowledge to demonstrate proof of theological doctrines"--Provided by publisher.
Main Description
In Alchemical Belief, Bruce Janacek considers alchemical beliefs in the context of the writings of Thomas Tymme, Robert Fludd, Francis Bacon, Sir Kenelm Digby, and Elias Ashmole. Rather than examine alchemy from a scientific or medical perspective, Janacek presents it as integrated into the broader political, philosophical, and religious upheavals prevalent in early modern England, arguing that the interest of these elite figures in alchemy was part of an understanding that supported their national, in some cases royalist, loyalty and theological orthodoxy. In short, these case studies ask what it meant to believe in alchemy in early modern England. This book asks how and why individuals who at least supported or actually were in the traditional center of power in England's church and state believed in the relevance of alchemy in their lives when their society, their government, their careers, and, in some cases, their very lives were at stake in the revolutionary decades of the first half of the seventeenth century.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Thomas Tymme and Natural Philosophy: Schism and Alchemical Unity in the Book of Naturep. 16
Robert Fludd, Natural Theology, and the Alchemical Debate of 1623p. 43
Francis Bacon, Alchemy, and the Great Redemptionp. 75
Catholic Natural Philosophy: Alchemy and the Revivification of Sir Kenelm Digbyp. 99
Elias Ashmole: The Collection and Culmination of Alchemical Thoughtp. 128
Epiloguep. 160
Notesp. 165
Bibliographyp. 193
Indexp. 211
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