Chapter14

Inside an Alchemist’s Laboratory

In This Chapter

Step inside a medieval laboratory

The heart of the laboratory: the athanor

Chemicals and tools used by alchemists

Sacred space of the oratorium

Differences between chemists and alchemists

The role of women in alchemy

The popular image of the crazed and disheveled old alchemist working late at night away from prying eyes in his cluttered laboratory is not really very accurate. For one thing, alchemical laboratories during the Middle Ages and Renaissance were actually very organized. As we can see from alchemists’ workplaces that have survived, there was a place for everything and everything had its place. Equipment and chemicals were kept on shelves or bins where they could ...

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