Robert Fludd

(1574—1637) physician and writer on the occult

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A member of a secretive 17th- and 18th-century society devoted to the study of metaphysical, mystical, and alchemical lore, especially that concerning the transmutation of metals,...

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William Alabaster

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an Elizabethan divine and Latin poet. Between 1588 and 1592 he produced two notable works in Latin; an unfinished epic on Queen Elizabeth, praised by Spenser; and the...

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William Gilbert

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physician to Elizabeth I and James I. He declared the earth to be a magnet in his De Magnete (1600), the first great scientific book to be published in England.

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