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Laboratories, Space, and Secrecy

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226608570.003.0006
Laboratories, Space, and Secrecy

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This chapter examines what sorts of spaces alchemists used to carry out their work in in the cities and courts of the Holy Roman Empire. Practitioners and patrons with the means to do so built special buildings for their alchemical work, while others improvised with whatever spaces were available, such as kitchens, apothecary shops, and workshops. The chapter describes the alchemical laboratory of Duke Friedrich I in Stuttgart, Germany.

Keywords: alchemical laboratory; Holy Roman Empire; alchemists; special buildings; Duke Friedrich I; Stuttgart; Germany

Chapter.  10669 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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