Over the last few weeks, I’ve been taking a break and reading up on some of the subjects I need to know more about for the remainder of the book I’m working on. Namely, about The South Sea Bubble, early Georgian-era brewing and gin distilling equipment, theory, and practice, and the history of alchemy.
Whilst reading up on the last of those topics, I ran across something quite fascinating when it comes to the connections between alchemy and literature, which any lit scholar can tell you peaked during the Renaissance. I suspect, in fact, that this is the reason why Renaissance writers were the first Western writers to really profoundly dig into the idea of “character development.” It all goes back–like so many things–to Paracelsus, and to Sulphur (), Salt ( ), and Mercury (). Continue reading