Philip Marsden

The cult of Jacob Boehme

Jacob Boehme was an unlikely seventeenth-century mystic, but his visionary imaginings of the world struck a chord with followers far and wide – and his work has much to offer today.

The lost allure of alchemy

Alchemy embraces a sophisticated set of beliefs and a high-minded cosmology, much to the chagrin of the pure rationalist.

On the art of metallurgy

Georgius Agricola’s De Re Metallica gives us a fascinating insight into the late medieval view of metal and its uses.

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