Published by Tom Morris at Smashwords
Copyright 2012, Tom Morris
I make no pretense to have carried out any original research in compiling this book but have brought together information from a number of sources which are listed at the end. It is intended as the first in a series dealing with alchemy and its practitioners.
Thomas Charnock was not (even by his own estimation) one of the most successful of alchemists. He was however one about whose life we know a great deal because of the wealth of autobiographical material which he provided. The vast majority of this is contained in his Booke dedicated unto the queenes maiestie of 1565 (herein after referred to as his 'Booke') and numerous notes inscribed on the back of a parchment roll discovered in his laboratory after his death. At an early age he was left destitute by the machinations of his uncle who none-the-less left him a library of alchemical manuscripts. He lived in relative poverty, his hopes of gaining the Philosopher's Stone constantly frustrated and, despite an ill-fated attempt to gain royal recognition, died in obscurity in a Somerset backwater.