The Elixir And the Stone: A History of Magic And Alchemy: Tradition of Magic and Alchemy Paperback – 6 Aug 1998
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In this study Baigent and Leigh construct an alternative history of religion and thought which begins with the Hermeticism of 1st century Alexandria and describes its pathways through Europe over the ensuing centuries. Along the way there are tales of individuals, including the Elizabethan magician John Dee and the Franciscan friar and alchemist Roger Bacon.
About the Author
Michael Baigent was born and educated in New Zealand but has lived in England for many years - currently in Winchester, Hampshire. Richard Leigh is similarly an American who has lived in London for many years.
Together they have written a number ofbestsellers, most famously THE HOLY BLOOD AND THE HOLY GRAIL.
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The Elixir and the Stone is a great book and scholarly work - highly recommended for all students of the Hermetic Tradition.
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This book is a good complement to (and less intimidating read than) AE Waite's treatment of these subjects, which are authoritative yet verbose. For those interested in the subject, I would follow up with Waite's "Lives of the Alchemystical Philosophers".