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12-25-2008, 04:18 AM
This is a Phoenix-thread (http://forum.alchemyforums.com/showthread.php?t=7) from the old site (http://alchemy-forums.forumotion.com/forum.htm).

Many books were written on alchemy during the 13th century and just as many were either burned or their authors executed mostly by the inquisition. Of the thirteenth-century literature, a work called Tesero was attributed to Alphonso, King of Castile in 1272: William de Loris wrote Le Roman de Rose in about 1282, assisted by Jean de Meung, who also wrote The Remonstrance of Nature to the Wandering Alchemist, and The Reply of the Alchemist to Nature. Peter d'Apona, born near Padua in 1250, wrote several books on magic, and was accused by the Inquisition of possessing seven spirits, each enclosed in a crystal vessel, who taught him the seven liberal arts and sciences. He died upon the rack.

It was during this period in history that Albertus Magnus was born at Lauingen, Swabia. In 1223 he joined the Order of St. Dominic during a time when Genghis Khan and his hordes swept down from Mongolia.

When Albertus Magnus had completed his education he became a teacher of theology and spent some time in Cologne were one of his hearers was a silent and thoughtful youth by the name of Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274). Thomas became his disciple and together they went to Paris in 1245.

Like Aristotle Albertus Magnus believed that nature and the lives of men were controlled by the stars and the planets. Yet he did not hesitate to criticize:
Whoever believes that Aristotle was a God, must also believe that he never erred. But if one believe that Aristotle was a man, then doubtless he was liable to error just as we are.
Albertus Magnus was an authority on physics, geography, astronomy, mineralogy, zoology, physiology, phrenology and both a student and teacher of alchemy. He renounced all material advantages to devote the greater part of a long life to the study of philosophy in the seclusion of a cloister. He has even been considered a magician and there is a legend suggesting he managed to have turned base metals into gold. Admitting to nothing he said:

Art alone cannot produce a substantial form.
Over the years Albertus Magnus managed to compose a veritable encyclopedia, containing scientific treatises on almost every subject, and displaying an insight into nature and a knowledge of theology, which surprised his contemporaries. This considering his many religious duties and journey to Rome and to and from between Cologne and Paris. He was also the preacher of a crusade and held such offices as bishop and papal legate

In 1278 Albertus Magnus drew up his testament and suffered a lapse of memory. He died at Cologne on the 15th of November 1280. He was made a saint in 1931.

It says: If you burn a large frog to ashes, and mix the ashes with water, you will obtain an ointment that will, if put on any place covered with hair, destroy the hair and prevent it from growing again.

If you find the stone which a vulture has in his knees, and which you may find by looking sharp, and put it in the victuals of two persons who hate each other, it causes them to make up and be good friends. - source (http://www.sacred-texts.com/ame/pow/pow043.htm)


Some resources:
Astrology & Magic of Albertus Magnus (http://www.renaissanceastrology.com/albertusmagnus.html)
Crystalinks (http://www.crystalinks.com/mangus.html)
Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albertus_Magnus)