Non-Fiction Books:

The Theatre Of The World

Sorry, this product is not currently available to order

Here are some other products you might consider...

The Theatre Of The World



Customer rating

Click to share your rating 0 ratings (0.0/5.0 average) Thanks for your vote!

Share this product

The Theatre Of The World by Peter Marshall
Sorry, this product is not currently available to order


At the turn of the 17th-century the greatest philosophers, alchemists, astronomers, and mathematicians of the day flocked to Prague to work under the patronage of the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II. The city was the centre of a cultural and scientific revolution kindled and encouraged by the Emperor the effects of which are felt even today. he Theatre of the World is the enchanting story of Rudolf II, an emperor more interested in the great talents and minds of his times than in the exercise of his power. Rarely leaving Prague Castle, he gathered aroudn him a galaxy of famous figures- the Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo, the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, the German mathematician Johannes Kepler, and the English magus John Dee. ntranced, like Hamlet, by the new Renaissance learning, Rudolf found it nearly impossible to make decisions. Like Faust, he was prepared to risk all in the pursuit of magical knowledge and the Philosopher s Stone which would turn base metals into gold and prolong life indefinitely. But he also faced the threats of religious discord and the Ottoman empire, along with deepening melancholy and an ambitious younger brother. As a result he lost his empire an

Author Biography

Dr Peter Marshall has written widely on cultural and intellectual history and is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Philosopher's Stone- a Quest for the Secrets of Alchemy, Demanding the Impossible- A History of Anarchism, and Nature's Web- An Exploration of Ecological Thinking. His travel writing includes the books Around Africa and Celtic Gold. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society.
Release date NZ
May 15th, 2006
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Harvill Secker
Product ID

Customer reviews

Nobody has reviewed this product yet. You could be the first!

Write a Review

Marketplace listings

There are no Marketplace listings available for this product currently.
Already own it? Create a free listing and pay just 9% commission when it sells!

Sell Yours Here

Help & options

  • If you think we've made a mistake or omitted details, please send us your feedback. Send Feedback
  • If you have a question or problem with this product, visit our Help section. Get Help
Filed under...

Buy this and earn 193 Banana Points