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The Stone of the Philosophers
     

The Stone of the Philosophers

by Edward Kelly
 

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Sir Edward Kelley or Kelly, also known as Edward Talbot (August 1, 1555–November 1, 1597) was an ambiguous figure in English Renaissance occultism and self-declared spirit medium who worked with John Dee in his magical investigations. Besides the professed ability to summon spirits or angels on a crystal ball, which John Dee so valued, Kelley also claimed to

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Sir Edward Kelley or Kelly, also known as Edward Talbot (August 1, 1555–November 1, 1597) was an ambiguous figure in English Renaissance occultism and self-declared spirit medium who worked with John Dee in his magical investigations. Besides the professed ability to summon spirits or angels on a crystal ball, which John Dee so valued, Kelley also claimed to possess the secret of transmuting base metals into gold.

Legends began to surround Kelley shortly after his death. His flamboyant biography, and his relative notoriety among English-speaking historians (chiefly because of his association with Dee) may have made him the source for the folklorical image of the alchemist-charlatan.

The philosopher's stone is a legendary alchemical substance said to be capable of turning base metals (lead, for example) into gold or silver. It was also sometimes believed to be an elixir of life, useful for rejuvenation and possibly for achieving immortality.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013201583
Publisher:
Charles River Editors
Publication date:
08/11/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
95 KB

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