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The Rise of Alchemy in Fourteenth-Century England: Plantagenet Kings and the Search for the Philosopher's Stone

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Paperback, 296 pages
Published May 10th 2012 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published December 22nd 2011)
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In this book, the implication is to expound how things are being and have been proccessed by what is called science. In another word, it can be regarded as a kind of alchemistry which is also science from which the modern days' knowledge of Chemistry and Metaphysics were evolved. It said in the book about how Alchemistry had seen the Universe as a kind of cascade of codes which were thrown own from heaven before the throne of God. God's creation is just placed before him and his position was sit ...more
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I actually couldn't stand to finish this book. It is badly written. Paragraphs are unnecessarily long, lack of punctuation makes many sentences confusing. And the author's approach to the subject is astonishingly careless. He makes bold and generalizing assumptions without evidence to support them and, notwithstanding, there's too many historical inaccuracies. There's an exaggerated take and attention on the symbolic aspects of alchemy and too obvious, fruitless connections of alchemical symboli ...more
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Jonathan Hughes has taught at the University of East Anglia, University of Roehampton and the Oxford Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. He is a guest lecturer at the Exeter Centre for the Study of Esotericism. His books include Pastors and Visionaries: Religion and Secular Life in Late Medieval Yorkshire; The Religious Life of Richard III and Arthurian Myths and Alchemy: the Kingship of ...more