|6 May 2010
|12:00pm - 1:30pm
|CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
The subject of my talk is the contribution of Venetian physicians to the Reformation in the second half of the sixteenth century. Focusing on the case of Nicolò Buccella (†1610), I explore a number of factors which may
have drawn contemporary men of medicine towards radical Anabaptist and anti-trinitarian ideas and illustrate their important role in spreading religious, scientific and intellectual trends across Europe. I investigate their contribution to medicine and in particular experimental anatomy – discipline which was undergoing fundamental changes at the time, and explore convergence in their heterodox thinking in relation to medicine, philosophy and religion. I also explore their role as political agents, businessmen, prophets, astrologers, alchemists, musicians and courtiers and assess their contribution to many different aspects of contemporary life: economic, cultural and political.
A light buffet lunch will be provided. Please contact Dr Anne Alexander to book a place.