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The Resource Franciscans and the elixir of life : religion and science in the later Middle Ages, Zachary A. Matus

Franciscans and the elixir of life : religion and science in the later Middle Ages, Zachary A. Matus

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Franciscans and the elixir of life : religion and science in the later Middle Ages
Title
Franciscans and the elixir of life
Title remainder
religion and science in the later Middle Ages
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Zachary A. Matus
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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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Matus, Zachary A
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BR115.A57
LC item number
M38 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The Middle Ages series
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  • Franciscans
  • Franciscans
  • Franziskaner
  • Alchemy
  • Elixir of life
  • Religion and science
  • Alchemy
  • Elixir of life
  • Religion and science
  • Europe
  • Alchemie
  • Lebenselixier
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Franciscans and the elixir of life : religion and science in the later Middle Ages, Zachary A. Matus
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-197) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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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
960292619
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed
Extent
201 pages
Isbn
9780812249217
Lccn
2016053771
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40027168834
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)960292619
Label
Franciscans and the elixir of life : religion and science in the later Middle Ages, Zachary A. Matus
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-197) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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
960292619
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed
Extent
201 pages
Isbn
9780812249217
Lccn
2016053771
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40027168834
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)960292619
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