|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.