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Travel Fact and Travel Fiction

Studies on Fiction, Literary Tradition, Scholarly Discovery and Observation in Travel Writing

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Edited by Z.R.W.M. von Martels

Travel Fact and Travel Fiction contains 18 articles by different authors on important examples of travel writing from Classical Antiquity (Herodotus) until the first half of the nineteenth century. Discussed are among others Herodotus, Egeria, Rubruck, Marco Polo, Columbus, Joachim Du Bellay, Busbequius, Gryphius, Goethe and Dickens. Central themes are fiction, literary tradition, scholarly discovery and observation.
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Alchemy Revisited

Proceedings of the International Conference on the History of Alchemy at the University of Groningen 17-19 April 1989

Edited by Z.R.W.M. von Martels

Alchemy revisited is an important collection of papers presented at an international congress held at the University of Groningen in April 1989.
Among the scholars whose work is presented her are Prof. N. Sivin (Chinese alchemy), Prof. B. Vickers ( res and verba in Greek alchemy), Profs. K. Figala and U. Neumann (with new material on Michael Maier), Prof. A.G. Debus (on iatrochemistry and the chemical revolution) and Prof. M. Crosland (on alchemy in the Age of Enlightenment). They and the other contributors give an unusually comprehensive survey of Indian, Greek, Arabic and European alchemy which will serve as an authoritative scholarly introduction to the subject for historians of science and related literature. (Prof. J.D. North contributes a short lecture on Chaucer's Canon's Yeoman's Tale).
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Pius II — 'El Pìu Expeditivo Pontifice'

Selected Studies on Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini (1405-1464)

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Edited by Z.R.W.M. von Martels and Arjo J. Vanderjagt

This book contains eleven essays on Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini (1405-1464), humanist, author, courtier, inveterate traveller, conciliarist and then papalist, priest, bishop and finally pope under the name Pius II (1458-1464), urban architect of Pienza, grand patron of the arts, and would-be Crusader.

Contributors include: Giuseppe Chironi, Thomas M. Izbicki, Zweder von Martels, Claudia Märtl, Margaret Meserve, Rolando Montecalvo, Keith Sidwell, Marcello Simonetta, and Benedikt Konrad Vollmann.
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Christian Humanism

Essays in Honour of Arjo Vanderjagt

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Edited by Alasdair A. MacDonald, Z.R.W.M. von Martels and Jan Veenstra

It is a misconception that Christianity and Humanism are in any way in conflict with each other. The present book shows that through many centuries, and especially in the Renaissance, the two stood in a relation that was mutually complementary. The contributions in this volume treat aspects and manifestations of this cultural symbiosis, and they throw new light on authors and texts both more and less familiar. The subject-areas discussed include: religion, history, philosophy, literature and education. The age of Renaissance and Reformation is the central focus, but earlier and later periods are also featured.
The contributions comprise a Festschrift for Professor Arjo Vanderjagt, whose work deals centrally with both Christianity and Humanism.

Contributors are Fokke Akkerman, István P. Bejczy, Alexander Broadie, Chris-toph Burger, Marcia L. Colish, Albrecht Diem, Stephen Gersh, Berndt Hamm, Volker Honemann, Adrie van der Laan, Alasdair A. MacDonald, Peter Mack, Zweder von Martels, Matthieu van der Meer, Hans Mooij, Simone Mooij-Valk, Just Niemeijer, John North, Willemien Otten, Jan Papy, Detlev Pätzold, Rob Pauls, Marc van der Poel, Burcht Pranger, Peter Raedts, Han van Ruler, Rudolf Suntrup, Jan R. Veenstra, and Ronald Witt.