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Alchemical Symbolism in Shakespeare

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Alchemical Symbolism in Shakespeare

Lecture – Paul Cowlan

The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries have been called ‘the golden age of religious hermeticism’ (Jean Dagen), a period when alchemy was the greatest passion of the age, and when some of its most prestigious texts were printed. It was also the age of Shakespeare In this illustrated lecture Paul Cowlan explores the significance of Hermeticism, neo-platonism and Paracelsus in the intellectual world of Shakespeare’s contemporaries; and more particularly, its influence on Shakespeare and his work. He will examine the Tempest in detail, with reference to King Lear and other plays and poems. Come along for a night of magic, alchemy and great quotes from the Bard, with a social and drinks afterward.

Paul Cowlan has been a student of psycho-spiritual alchemy for more than thirty years He is a lifelong lover and performer of Shakespeare, has been a Treadwells speaker since 2006.