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Date: 20 Dec 96 19:45:38 EST
From: Iain Houston

I [hope this is the] most appropriate discussion group where I might
pursue my interest in Ralegh's School of Night (if anything much is known about
this). I have been fascinated by Ralegh's role in spanning the emerging
scientific and the establishment domains of the time. I am particularly
interested to find out more about who Raleigh worked with in Sherborne before
the time he was arraigned at Cerne Abbas by the Privy Council for atheism. If a
transcript of his trial exists I would love to read his arguments that led to
his aquittal. I would like to know more about Thomas Herriott, Chapman and
Spenser's roles in the School of Night and its Saturnian ethic.

I suppose this is only bordering on the interests of your discussion groups,
although Raleigh was involved in practical alchemy, his documents and equipment
I believe being taken on after his death by the Digbys (mainly Kinelm Digby).


From: Jon Marshall
Date: Tue, 24 Dec 1996 13:49:44 -0800


> From: Iain Houston
> I [hope this is the] most appropriate discussion group where I might
> pursue my interest in Ralegh's School of Night .

These are some books and articles that may be of help in finding writing about
the chymical activities of people associated with Raleigh.

I'm sure there was one simply called 'the school of night' but I can't find trace
of it.

Gatti, H. 'Renaissance drama of knowledge', Routledge, 1989.

Kargon, R.H. 'Atomism in England', OUP, 1966.

Nichol, C. 'The reckoning' ???

Shirley, J. W. "the scientific experiments of Sir Walter Raleigh, the wizard
Earl and the three Magi in the tower 1603-1617" Ambix volume for pp. 52-66,
1949.

Shirley, J. W. ed. *Thomas Harriot: Renaissance scientist* Oxford University
Press, 1974

Shirley, J. W. *Thomas Harriot: a biography* Oxford University Press 1983.