This elegantly written book is the defining non-academic account of the life of this famous alchemist. Drawing on manuscript and printed sources, Charles Webster looks at Paracelsus' public life, religious ideals, links with anabaptists before turning to Paracelsus' esoteric side, particularly his prophecies, which are heavy with forebodings of an end-time crisis. Subtitled, 'Medicine, Magic and Mission at the End of Time' this biography was shortlisted for the 2009 History of Science's Pfizer Prize for Outstanding Book. Charles Webster is emeritus fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.
New Haven CT: Yale University Press, 2008. Hardback, 326 pages. New.