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Category: Alchemy


Minions of the Moon, part 2

Minions of the Moon, part 2 – read part 1 here The National Archives of the U.K., C 241/117/338, recto Reu[er]endo viro et discreto d[omi]no Rob[er]to P[ar]nynk[es] Militi ac illustr[is] Reg[is] Angl[ie] & ff[ra]ncie Cancell[ario] sui humiles & deuoti Simon ffranceys Maior Ciuitatis Lond[onie] (To) the Reverend and discreet lord Robert Parnynkes [sic. Parnyng], Knight,… Read more »

Minions of the Moon

To celebrate tonight’s Full “Red Moon”, I pre-ordered another alchemically themed document to view in the Map and Large Document Reading Room of The National Archives at Kew, which recounts the misfortunes of a Practitioner claiming to have made an elixir with the power to transform base materials into Silver. Filed within TNA’s Special Collections… Read more »

Inky Fingers, part 2

Inky Fingers, part 2 – read part 1 here Middle English Dictionaries confirm that context should provide the key to filling in the measure, which in this case must logically be a weight. Shifting to a microfilm reader in the Map and Large Document Reading Room at The National Archives, I transcribed a second recipe,… Read more »