Janacek examines alchemists against the background of the political and religious upheavals of the earlier 17th century. Looking at Thomas Tymme, Robert Fludd, Francis Bacon, Sir Kenneth Digby and Elias Ashmole, he argues that the alchemical interests of these elite men supported their national loyalties and theological orthodoxy. Like all the monographs in the SUNY esoteric history series, it it is well researched, well argued and makes a genuine and new contribution to the field of the history of Western Esotericism.
Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State University Press, 2011. Paperback, 222 pages. New.