The Early Modern Commons


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On what alchemy was and the gap in public knowledge of alchemy

13 January 2020

My friend Ted put up a bit of a mischeivous twitter poll before Christmas, that asked: Let’s settle this once and for all. Alchemy was a 1. Vain pursuit of lead into gold with...

Aqua Lunaris and Oleum Solis – by Richard Stanihurst

30 December 2018

I was recently given a copy of a transcription and translation of the above named MS, done by Conleth Loonan. The work is probably by Stanihurst, but it hasn’t exactly been signed...

A review and expansion upon “Holy Alchemists, metallurgists and pharmacists: The material evidence for British Monastic Chemistry”

27 March 2018

On twitter recently a new article with the above self explanatory title was mentioned, written by Christopher Booth and published in The Journal of medieval Monastic studies, Volume...

Distillation by alchemists and for medicine

15 February 2018

A commenter on this blog called aem was asking about distillation. I reckoned it was hard to come up with a few sentences in answer, much easier to ramble on. So, the central question...