The Mercurial Emperor: The Magic Circle of Rudolf II in Renaissance Prague

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Pimlico, 2007 - Prague (Czech Republic) - 276 pages
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In the late 16th century philosophers, alchemists, astronomers, painters, and mathematicians flocked to Prague to work under the patronage of Rudolf II. What resulted was a golden age of peace and creativity before the onset of the Thirty Years' War, and the story of a man more interested in great minds than in the exercise of his power.

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User Review  - TheDivineOomba - LibraryThing

A very enjoyable read - its fast paced, doesn't get too bogged down in the details. Its an interesting history that not too many people know about. The biggest thing I got out of this book was that ... Read full review

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I first heard about Rudolf II while reading a history of collecting. Even though Rudolf II was Holy Roman Emperor, king of the largest empire in Europe, that part of his life is the least interesting ... Read full review

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Dr Peter Marshall has written widely on cultural and intellectual history and is the author of more than a dozen books translated into eleven languages, including The Philosopher's Stone: A Quest for the Secrets of Alchemy, World Astrology and Europe's Lost Civilization. His travel writing includes the books Around Africa and Celtic Gold. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society.

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