Friday, August 05, 2005

Starkey and Van Helmont

No posts for a while, as I've been up to my eyeballs in my new (nonfiction) book, which I have to get finished in the next two weeks.

But my thoughts have been never far from Elias. I recently picked up a copy of Alchemy Tried in the Fire by William R. Newman and Lawrence M. Principe, which focusses on C17th lab practice, paying particular attention to Van Helmont and George Starkey, the heroes of parts II and III of Elias. It's very gratifying to know that there actually was a link between the two characters in real life (Starkey was a huge fan of Van Helmont's work, although the two never met), which makes me a feel that there is something 'right' about Elias. I can't put my finger on it any more than this. It's almost as if someone or something actually wants me to write it for reasons or purposes I've yet to divine.

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