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Franciscans and the Elixir of Life

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Franciscans and the Elixir of Life
Title
Franciscans and the Elixir of Life
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
One of the major ambitions of medieval alchemists was to discover the elixir of life, a sovereign remedy capable not only of healing the body but transforming it. Given the widespread belief that care for the body came at the cost of care for the soul, it might seem surprising that any Franciscan would pursue the elixir, but those who did were among its most outspoken and optimistic advocates. They believed they could distill a substance that would purify, transmute, and ennoble the human body as well as the soul. In an age when Christians across Europe were seeking material evidence of their faith and corporeal means of practicing their devotion, alchemy, and the elixir in particular, offered a means of bridging the terrestrial and the celestial. Framed as a history around science, Franciscans and the Elixir of Life focuses on alchemy as a material practice and investigates the Franciscan discourses and traditions that shaped the pursuit of the elixir, providing a rich examination of alchemy and religiosity. Zachary A. Matus makes new connections between alchemy, ritual life, apocalypticism, and the particular commitment of the Franciscan Order to the natural world, shedding new light on the question of why so many people claimed to have made, seen, or used alchemical compounds that could never have existed
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Cataloging source
IDEBK
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Matus, Zachary A
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
The Middle Ages series
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  • Franciscans
  • Franciscans
  • Alchemy
  • Religion and science
  • Elixir of life
  • HISTORY
  • Alchemy
  • Elixir of life
  • Religion and science
  • Europe
  • RELIGION / Religion & Science
Label
Franciscans and the Elixir of Life
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-197) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Franciscans and the sacral cosmos (the context of Franciscan alchemy) -- Three elixirs -- The apocalyptic imperative -- A subjunctive science -- Conclusion
Control code
ocn986206742
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (212)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812294064
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
40027168834
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 1007885
  • 22573/ctv2rjc95
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)986206742
Label
Franciscans and the Elixir of Life
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-197) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Franciscans and the sacral cosmos (the context of Franciscan alchemy) -- Three elixirs -- The apocalyptic imperative -- A subjunctive science -- Conclusion
Control code
ocn986206742
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (212)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812294064
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
40027168834
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 1007885
  • 22573/ctv2rjc95
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)986206742

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