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Whether Latin or vernacular, this medieval alchemical corpus was becoming increasingly available to sixteenth-century Europeans. 23 When Sömmering recommended Sternhals’s Ritter Krieg to Julius, for example, he could only have had a manuscript in mind, since this fi fteenthcentury text would not be available in print for another two decades. 24 Sixteenth-century readers had access to ancient treatises on alchemy as well as works by medieval authors. 25 The most influential of the ancient alchemical sages to appear in print was Hermes Trismegistus, imagined to be a contemporary of Moses.
21 As historians of science have begun to follow natural knowledge beyond universities and academies and into princely courts, artisanal workshops, households, museums, marketplaces, and ships bound for the Americas, they have brought the history of science into much closer dialogue with the broader history of Europe. This book aims to contribute to this process by engaging issues of central concern to social and cultural historians of early modern Europe: the organization of work, social mobility, court culture, and crime.
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