Historical Context in The Mortal Immortal
Cornelius Agrippa and Alchemy: Originating in the Middle East and Asia centuries earlier, alchemy became popular in Europe in the 14th century. Among its chief concerns was the the manufacturing of an elixir of life, a substance that would allow its drinker to live forever. Alchemists actively conducted experiments, foreshadowing the empiricism to come with the Enlightenment. Although not known for his interest in alchemy, Cornelius Agrippa is a famous historical figure. As a well-known German theologian and occultist, his writings on the subject of magic and scientific theory survive to this day; for Shelley to portray him as an alchemist is not too far of a stretch from historical accounts of his life.
Historical Context Examples in The Mortal Immortal:
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"set at liberty the life imprisoned within, and so cruelly prevented from soaring from this dim earth to a sphere more congenial to its immortal essence...." See in text (The Mortal Immortal)
"I should be burnt as a dealer in the black art, while she, to whom I had not deigned to communicate any portion of my good fortune, might be stoned as my accomplice...." See in text (The Mortal Immortal)
"All the world has heard of Cornelius Agrippa...." See in text (The Mortal Immortal)