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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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Contracting the Philosophers' Stone

Contracting the Philosophers' Stone

(p.96) Chapter Four Contracting the Philosophers' Stone
Alchemy and Authority in the Holy Roman Empire
University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on the contracts of alchemists with their patrons. It explains that contracts were only agreed upon after addressing patrons' concerns about practitioners' legitimacy and establishing some common expectations. However, the chapter suggests that the solutions that alchemists and their patrons devised to the indeterminate status of alchemy may have created as many problems as they solved, for practical alchemy probably worked best for all concerned when expectations on the part of both parties were left vague.

Keywords:   contracts, alchemists, patrons, practitioners' legitimacy, alchemy

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