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The initiates and the idiot. Conjectures on some Brunian sources

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Bilingualism and other factors make Giordano Bruno a safe bet for many academics of today: publishing work on Bruno can be a valid title for the career of a scholar of Italian literature or of the history of Italian language, or for that of a student of neo-Latin culture, for specialists in theatre, the history of science, the history of philosophy and so forth. Bruno was familiar with Paracelsian magic, his alchemy and especially his theory of medicine. He was himself certainly one of the most important representatives of the Lullian tradition in the Renaissance, points first to the commentaries of Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim and then to Jacques Lefèvre and Charles de Bovelles. In the tradition of the philosophy of love and the commentaries on the Song of Songs, a tradition very near to mystical literature, these Lullian masterpieces hold the place of honour.

Keywords: Charles de Bovelles; Giordano Bruno; Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim; Jacques Lefèvre; Lullian tradition; neo-Latin culture; Paracelsian magic



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