The Sword and the Crucible. Count Boldizsar Batthyany and Natural Philosophy in Sixteenth-Century Hungary (Hardback)
  • The Sword and the Crucible. Count Boldizsar Batthyany and Natural Philosophy in Sixteenth-Century Hungary (Hardback)
zoom

The Sword and the Crucible. Count Boldizsar Batthyany and Natural Philosophy in Sixteenth-Century Hungary (Hardback)

(author)
£39.99
Hardback 245 Pages / Published: 30/04/2009
  • We can order this from the publisher

Usually dispatched within 15 working days

  • This item has been added to your basket
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 spread all over Europe, reaching even the easternmost parts of the Habsburg Monarchy. The Hungarian Count Boldizsar Batthyany (c.1542-1590), a powerful aristocrat and formidable warrior, was also a passionate devotee of natural philosophy. His Western Hungarian court was the focal point of an intellectual network which comprised scholars-such as the renowned botanist Carolus Clusius-physicians, book dealers, and fellow aristocrats from Central Europe and used his connections to exchange objects and information. Batthyany's biography, his extensive correspondence and up-to-date book collection on natural philosophy-especially alchemy, Paracelsian medicine, and botany-reveals that wealth, mobility and intellectual curiosity allowed him to share the enthusiasms of his Western European counterparts, and make the Muses speak even among arms.

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 9781443806060
Number of pages: 245
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 212 x 148 x 23 mm
Edition: Unabridged edition

You may also be interested in...

Agent Sonya
Added to basket
£25.00   £20.00
Hardback
Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day
Added to basket
£20.00   £17.99
Hardback
The Volunteer
Added to basket
£7.99   £6.49
Paperback
The Moth and the Mountain
Added to basket
£18.99   £16.99
Hardback
The Spy and the Traitor
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.49
Paperback
Boris Johnson
Added to basket
£20.00
Hardback
The Sisters of Auschwitz
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
Becoming
Added to basket
£12.99   £10.99
Paperback
Dreams From My Father
Added to basket
Too Much and Never Enough
Added to basket
£20.00   £17.99
Hardback
The Shepherd's Life
Added to basket
JFK
Added to basket
JFK
£30.00   £26.99
Hardback
Here's the Story
Added to basket
£20.00   £17.99
Hardback
Becoming
Added to basket
£25.00   £19.99
Hardback
My Own Words
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.