The Sword and the Crucible: Count Boldizsar Batthyany and Natural Philosophy in Sixteenth-Century Hungary

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In the sixteenth century a new type of practitioner emerges in Europe: the aristocrat who not only supports creative activities, but is personally involved in the projects he finances. The courts of noblemen and other wealthy individuals are transformed into new sites of knowledge production where medicinal waters are distilled, exotic plants cultivated, and alchemical experiments pursued. This new fascination with nature, and the wish to explore and exploit its explicit and hidden mechanisms, was an intellectual trend that ...

The Sword and the Crucible: Count Boldizsar Batthyany and Natural Philosophy in Sixteenth-Century Hungary 2009, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne

ISBN-13: 9781443806060

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