Books of Secrets: Natural Philosophy in England, 1550-1600 by Allison Kavey

Books of Secrets: Natural Philosophy in England, 1550-1600

byAllison Kavey

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How cultural categories shaped--and were shaped by--new ideas about controlling nature

Ranging from alchemy to necromancy, "books of secrets" offered medieval readers an affordable and accessible collection of knowledge about the natural world. Allison Kavey's study traces the cultural relevance of these books and also charts their influence on the people who read them. Citing the importance of printers in choosing the books' contents, she points out how these books legitimized manipulating nature, thereby expanding cultural categories, such as masculinity, femininity, gentleman, lady, and midwife, to include the willful command of the natural world.

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Title:Books of Secrets: Natural Philosophy in England, 1550-1600Format:Kobo ebookPublished:October 1, 2010Publisher:University of Illinois PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0252091590

ISBN - 13:9780252091599

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