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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...

The use of distilled medicine in England in the early 15th century

22 June 2017

Twitter is useful for finding out what others are researching. This is a good example: A blog post from the useful and interesting Recipes project....

Turning lead into silver, part 1

8 June 2017

Searching through the Ferguson Collection in Glasgow has been interesting, and turned up a variety of manuscripts related to my interests. Okay, some are in Italian, or are illegible,...

Alchemy related book review – Dragon’s blood and Willow Bark by Toni Mount

6 March 2017

So I thought I’d do a partial book review, covering my area of expertise. The victim this time is Toni Mount. Don’t worry, she is far superior to Jonathan Hughes, and her...