Close to putting up some of the work that’s been getting done – but still busy there. Should have enough of the right parts to show/ explain where it’s at in about a week.
Illustrated Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
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. . . and all the monsters you can dress up as.
This unusual monument is found somewhere in Scotland. It’s a functional sundial; has been misleadingly linked to alchemy; and brings to mind a possible scientific explanation for why some medieval kings – including Edward I of England – are claimed to have funded wars through paying alchemists to produce gold from ‘base metals’.
Judging by the earlier Staffordshire Hoard it seems reasonable to expect knowledge of depletion gilding to have been available within Europe and Britain during the Middle Ages – and it has been a [PDF] fairly common practice worldwide.
A spot of chemical sleight of hand certainly wouldn’t have been above some of the characters said to have employed alchemists to varying degrees of success.
And it’s fair to say that in medieval Europe much of early modern mathematics, most basic chemistry and many of the processes available in medieval workshops were labelled as alchemy – and often considered suspicious and disreputable.