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Visualization in Medieval Alchemy - alchemy as a science and an art aimed at the transformation of species

In Arabic classifications of science and philosophy, which were adapted in the twelfth century, alchemy was defined as a sub-branch of natural philosophy (scientia naturalis), sharing this definition, above all, with medicine. 388 mots de plus


Alchemy related book review – Dragon's blood and Willow Bark by Toni Mount

So I thought I’d do a partial book review, covering my area of expertise. The victim this time is Toni Mount. Don’t worry, she is far superior to Jonathan Hughes, and her book is worth having a look at. 1 031 mots de plus


To practise your observational skills - The differences between a medieval original picture and a 17th century copy

A while ago Chem Heritage Foundation tweeted a picture of one of the drawings from Elias Ashmole’s 17th century copy of Thomas Norton’s Ordinal of the 1470’s. 1 066 mots de plus


The Alchemical testament of John Gibbs of Exeter, and other 16th century English alchemists

This is a peculiar little text, apparently from the 16th century. The original MS is apparently Ashmole 1423 in the Bodleian library, yet I can’t find it in their catalogue, it seems because it isnt properly digitised yet and they have multiple catalogues. 966 mots de plus


Rites of passage: how the wolves (initiates) are misleading the un-initiated sheep

Who trusted God was love indeed
And love Creation’s final law
Tho’ Nature, red in tooth and claw
With ravine, shriek’d against his creed.

I couldn’t remember where this line came from when I recorded my new video last night. 819 mots de plus

Ordo Ab Chao

The complicated braid of alchemical thought and practise

A few years ago now, when I got into alchemy, the more I read, the more confused I got. At first it seemed fairly simple, but after a few years I managed to find more sources and information and it all got very complicated. 834 mots de plus


So what did people think about the purity of gold in medieval times?

Talking with a re-enactment friend about reproduction medieval jewellery, the subject of the purity of gold naturally came up.

This is of course of great interest to moneyers, Kings, alchemists and jewellers. 1 087 mots de plus