Paracelsus: Medicine, Magic and Mission at the End of Time

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Yale University Press
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6.4 X 9.2 X 1.2 inches | 1.45 pounds

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About the Author

Charles Webster is emeritus fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.


"Historians of science, medicine, and magic along with Reformation historians will benefit from this work."--American Historical Review

-- "American Historical Review"
"Here it is at last, the Paracelsus book that some of us have been waiting for for years. . . . All in all this new account of that mysterious but compelling character Paracelsus will be widely welcome and will provide the stimulus for further study of this fascinating period of revolutionary strife in Europe, which its participants believed to be a turning point in world history."--Andrew Cunningham, The British Journal for the History of Science --Andrew Cunningham "The British Journal for the History of Science"
"In Webster's skillful hands, Paracelsus (1493-1541) is transformed from an alchemical quack into an engaging and sympathetic radical religious and medical reformer...Webster's erudite account is a wake-up call for scholars of the Radical Reformation to become acquainted with the ideas of reformers in other fields, such as medicine and philosophy."--Gary K. Waite, The Mennonite Quarterly Review--Gary K. Waite "The Mennonite Quarterly Review"
"This is a fascinating book, which shows vividly the urgency with which Paracelsus engaged with the world in which he lived, and the complexity of that world. It will doubtless become a standard work for those dealing with this complex figure."--Charlotte Methuen, The Journal of Ecclesiastical History--Charlotte Methuen "The Journal of Ecclesiastical History"
"[A] masterful new book, integrating Paracelsus's various pursuits as a coherent and urgent mission to reform a world in crisis on the brink of the End Times. . . . This learned, engaging, and comprehensive study will certainly remain the standard study of Paracelsus for some time, and deservedly so."--Tara Nummedal, Renaissance Quarterly--Tara Nummedal "Renaissance Quarterly"
"Webster's portrayal of Paracelsus reveals a multidimensional and more comprehensible figure. Webster is able to reshape our understanding of Paracelsus as a revolutionary reformer. . . . Webster's book is a substantial work that contextualizes Paracelsus, and entrenches the figure as a man worthy of note not only for his contributions to medicine and science, but also as relevant to discussions of sixteenth-century German religious reform."--Katherine Walker, The Sixteenth Century Journal--Katherine Walker "The Sixteenth Century Journal"
"A valuable resource."--Eric Lund, Church History--Eric Lund "Church History"