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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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Conclusion the Problem of Authority

Conclusion the Problem of Authority

(p.177) Conclusion the Problem of Authority
Alchemy and Authority in the Holy Roman Empire
University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses the problem of authority in entrepreneurial alchemy in the Holy Roman Empire. It explains that the battle for alchemical authority was waged on many fronts and with many agendas and results, and that at the center of the battle were always the Betrugers themselves. The chapter also argues that the fraud trials around 1600 were the direct product of the entrepreneurial arrangements which set up structures for alchemy that encouraged some alchemists to take on too much risk and to promise too much for their art and their abilities.

Keywords:   entrepreneurial alchemy, Holy Roman Empire, alchemical authority, Betruger, fraud trials, entrepreneurial arrangements, alchemists

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