By John Edward Fletcher; edited for publication by Elizabeth Fletcher
Athanasius Kircher, a German Jesuit in 17th-century Rome, used to be an enigma. Intensely pious and a prolific writer, he used to be additionally a polymath desirous about every little thing from Egyptian hieroglyphs to the tiny creatures in his microscope. His correspondence with popes, princes and monks was once a window into the stressed power of the interval. It confirmed first-hand the seventeenth-centurys fight for wisdom in astronomy, microscopy, geology, chemistry, musicology, Egyptology, horology The record is going on. Kirchers books replicate the frame of mind of 17th-century students - never-ending interest and a considerable larding of naivet?©: Kircher scorned alchemy because the wishful considering charlatans, but believed in dragons.His existence and correspondence supply a key to the transition from the center a while to a brand new medical age. This booklet, although unpublished, has been lengthy quoted and observed. Awaited through students and experts of Kircher, it's ultimately on hand with this version.
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From Witzel’s letter we hear of her marriage with one Hans Starck of Fulda. In 1641 the couple appear to have been ill and destitute, for in that year they were visited in the Spitalsmühle in Geisa by Fr Witzel with Fr Johann Meykrantz of Fulda, himself a native of Geisa. Soon after this, Eva and her husband followed their sons to the Rheingau where they both died. Witzel reports, in an exhaustive letter,18 that he had met one of their daughters, Kircher’s niece, in the household of one Fr Kalb of Bingen.
5 This letter, preserved in the church records in Geisa, is undated, but answers a letter written to Kircher on 5 October 1664, Epistolae IX. ] 272. ) will be marked simply by a latinate capital for the folio volume number, followed by the number of a particular letter, together bracketed 2 4 chapter one information to be preserved in the parish records. 6 Of Kircher’s parents we know little beyond what he tells us himself. His father, Johannes Kircher, studied philosophy and theology in Mainz, where he subsequently gained his doctorate.
83 Possibly it was Degli obelischi di Roma, Rome 1589, by Michele Mercati (1541– 1593), a work which held the pessimistic view that Egyptian ideograms would never be translated. 84 Kircher describes the decision he took at Speier in the prefaces to his Prodromus coptus sive aegyptiacus, 1636; Oedipus aegyptiacus, 1652–1654, I; and Sphinx mystagoga, 1676. 85 His request was refused and Kircher remained at his post in Würzburg. The College in Würzburg was opened, like that in Speier, in 1587. One of its greatest benefactors was the Prince Bishop of Würzburg, Julius, who died in 1617, leaving instructions that his heart be buried in the College chapel.
A Study of the Life and Works of Athanasius Kircher, 'Germanus Incredibilis': With a Selection of his Unpublished Correspondence and an Annotated Translation of his Autobiography (Aries Book) by John Edward Fletcher; edited for publication by Elizabeth Fletcher