A Study of the Life and Works of Athanasius Kircher, by John Edward Fletcher; edited for publication by Elizabeth

By John Edward Fletcher; edited for publication by Elizabeth Fletcher

Athanasius Kircher, a German Jesuit in 17th-century Rome, was once an enigma. Intensely pious and a prolific writer, he used to be additionally a polymath desirous about every thing from Egyptian hieroglyphs to the tiny creatures in his microscope. His correspondence with popes, princes and clergymen was once a window into the stressed power of the interval. It confirmed first-hand the seventeenth-centurys fight for wisdom in astronomy, microscopy, geology, chemistry, musicology, Egyptology, horology The record is going on. Kirchers books mirror the state of mind of 17th-century students - never-ending interest and a considerable larding of naivet?©: Kircher scorned alchemy because the wishful taking into account charlatans, but believed in dragons.His existence and correspondence offer a key to the transition from the center a while to a brand new medical age. This publication, although unpublished, has been lengthy quoted and spoke of. Awaited via students and experts of Kircher, it really is eventually on hand with this version.

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It would however have been suicide to have stayed where I was—in the depths of winter, exposed to the cutting cold, drained by fear, mental agony and physical exertion, with fingers torn by grasping sharp-edged ice-floes. I had no choice but to swim. That is what I then did’. Vita, p. 479. 66 The college, including the church and library, had been razed to the ground the preceding April (1621) by a fire simultaneously starting in four different places; see Reiffenberg, Historia Societatis JESV, p.

Mitchell and C. Rhone, Twelve Tribe Nations and the Science of Enchanting the Landscape, pp. 148–150. , A. ), The Wisdom of Jacob Böhme; idem, Wisdom’s Children: A Christian Esoteric Tradition; A. Faivre, Eckartshausen et la théosophie chrétienne. introduction xxxiii ments, Fletcher supplies in these present volumes the fullest account of the Jesuit’s world of correspondents and the subjects of interest he shared with them,46 together with the first published translation of Kircher’s autobiography.

16 chapter one Westphalia. There was an armed clash between the Lutheran Bishop of Halberstadt, Christian von Braunschweig, who styled himself ‘Gottes Freund, der Pfaffen Feind’ and enjoyed the soubriquet ‘der tolle Christian’, and the Electoral Prince of the Palatinate, Friedrich V, the Calvinist Winterkönig. Paderborn, which now lay before the Protestant army, found itself suddenly threatened, and the city was hurriedly garrisoned and fortified by the new Prince Bishop, Ferdinand of Bavaria. The Jesuits were in a desperate plight: Protestant factions menaced them within the town, and the forces of the notoriously antiPapist Christian62 menaced them without.

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