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Devil's Doctor, The : Paracelsus and the World of Renaissance Magic and Science - Ball, Philip

Devil's Doctor, The

Paracelsus and the World of Renaissance Magic and Science

Paperback Published: 5th April 2007
ISBN: 9780099457879
Number Of Pages: 448

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"Philip Theophrastus Aureolus Bombastus von Hohenheim, known to history as Paracelsus, is one of the oddest and most intriguing - figures of European history.As Paracelsus, his name is widely familiar he has been name-checked in the Harry Potter books, in recent novels by Jeanette Winterson and A S Byatt - but few know his real name, let alone anything further about him. Was he a magician? A scientist? Did he even exist? Paracelsus was indeed a real person, part alchemist, part theologian, part doctor, part father of modern chemistry. He was a charlatan and a genius, an adventurer and a model for later versions of the Faust legend, such as Goethe s or Thomas Mann s. His real life was as eventful and bizarre as an eighteenth century picaresque novel. Born in Switzerland in 1493, Parcelsus's education and his subsequent wanderings took him across almost of Europe, from Italy to the Arctic Circle, from Paris to the Black Sea, healing the sick, teaching in universities, preaching to the public, writing pamphlets, books, almanacs and texts, and everywhere furiously falling out with the authorities. Few men can have been banished, evicted and banned from as many universiities and tow

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ISBN: 9780099457879
ISBN-10: 0099457873
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 5th April 2007
Publisher: Cornerstone
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.1  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1