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Franciscans and the Elixir of Life

Religion and Science in the Later Middle Ages

Zachary A Matus

A universal medicine that would purify body and soul, but did not promise immortality, the elixir of life was one of the two major goals of alchemy, the other being the transmutation of base metal into gold. From their writings on alchemy, Matus’s study describes the Franciscans’ alchemical pursuit of the elixir within the intellectual, religious and political culture of the friars; it also examines elixir traditions through works by Roger Bacon and John of Rupescissa.

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  • Publisher: Pennsylvania UP
  • Year: 2017
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 212pp
  • Illustrated: No
  • Dimensions: 239x158mm
  • ISBN: 9780812249217
  • Condition: New
  • Weight: 0.5kg
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