Assembling Expertise

in Alchemy and Authority in the Holy Roman Empire

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780226608563
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226608570 | DOI:
Assembling Expertise

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This chapter explores the many different resources available to aspiring alchemists in the sixteenth-century Holy Roman Empire. Many practitioners gained alchemical expertise by reading all or part of the vast corpus of treatises on the subject, and the overlapping fields such as metallurgy and medicine provided them with an invaluable source for essential skills and tools. However, no single method of alchemical training prevailed.

Keywords: alchemists; Holy Roman Empire; treatises; metallurgy; medicine; alchemical training

Chapter.  8727 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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