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Alchemy and Authority in the Holy Roman Empire$
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Tara Nummedal

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226608563

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226608570.001.0001

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Assembling Expertise

Assembling Expertise

(p.17) Chapter One Assembling Expertise
Alchemy and Authority in the Holy Roman Empire
University of Chicago Press

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

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