Alchemist Gift and Alchemy
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Alchemist Gift – The women had their hands tied in front of them. They all wore the same dull colored, coarse garments that looked to be no more than old blankets which were slit to allow it to be worn over ones head like a loose shift. The women’s hair was mussed and matted, faces and feet filthy and they were pale and underfed. One’s legs and arms were covered with sores; another was wracked by a deep rasping cough.
The bishop stood and looked out over the crowd. When he raised his hand the people became quiet and gave him their full attention. Only the faint whoops and laughter of the little children who were still playing could be heard. This was silenced as the children were snatched up or given a stern look. Read more
Alchemist Gift and Alchemy
Chapter 3 Alchemist Gift and Alchemy
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Alchemist Gift – Feeling very alone because of the count’s absence, Rosalba let her mind drift to Casa Bella, her ancestral home. It was a beautiful world unto itself. As her dowry was more than ample, and so demanded by her father, Casa Bella was kept in her name when she wed. That is where she and the count lived. The estate and lands covered a small valley. Over the years, from the work of many hands the hillsides were terraced and planted with grapes, olive, fig, lemon, almond, pear and hazelnut trees. A wide stream and two springs produced plenty of water. Where the hills met level ground golden meadows rolled forth and eventually transformed into a smaller line of hills, a natural border that ended the valley as well as the estate. Read more
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A smug competition grew among this dishonest brotherhood. They agreed not to sell any apple for under a half silver piece. The high mark to beat was six gold pieces for a single apple bought by a merchant from Padua hoping to regain his youth and virility. If a customer complained, he or she was told that one apple may not be enough to affect a cure or a change, and a cure depended on the faith the pilgrim had in the fruit and in God.
One fine morning La Signora Mezzi along with her youngest daughter of seven years, Nina, was cutting roses for the house. The rose garden was a compact diamond-shaped area in the center of the courtyard a few paces in from the front gates. Nina was a happy little girl. She had on a light blue apron over her dress and her brand new green slippers just like her mama’s. A hummingbird flitted between mother and daughter and hovered so close each could feel the subtle stir of air made by the bejeweled bird’s wings. It delighted them both. Nina took great care and pride in her task. She smiled at her mother as she held the basket up for the next rose. There were already six or seven beautiful and fragrant roses nestled in the basket. Read more
Alchemist Gift – History
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Monks were not well liked
During the time of Alchemist Gift, monks of the 15thand 16th centuries were not known for their good behavior. By the 16th century many of the religious houses had long since lost their sense of purpose. Some, as landlords, oppressed the local population with exorbitant rents. Heavy debts encumbered others that had been poorly managed.
A priory “became a stopping point for Oxford students whose behaviour and ‘slovenly dress’ created complaints and gained the priory a dubious reputation. An Episcopal visitation in the 15th century reported monks missing holy service and visiting the public house instead, and the Prior having absconded.”*
Beer was drunk in some quantity by monks. In fact, those in Abingdon were rationed to twenty pints per day.* Read more
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OUTSKIRTS OF TERRA SANCTUS, REPUBLIC OF VENICE
Sun Tree- Alchemist Art
On the crisp morning of the autumnal equinox Adamo Lucci was instructed by the Patrona Mezzi to clear away the ragged and decaying trunk of a tree that some say was as old as time itself. The tree of the apple variety, some fifty feet tall, grew outside the vine-covered walls of her courtyard just beyond a broad footpath that passed by the front gates. The tree was already mature when the villa was built.
Some one hundred and seventy years before, a stranger returning from the East carried with him a sack of apples to sustain himself on his journey. He absently spat out a seed from the apple he ate. The seed fell onto the wet and warm soil on that particular spring day. In time the seed split and sent out a cautious root that deliberately pushed its way down and found solace as it entwined itself around a heart-shaped stone. The seed also sent out a hopeful leaf upward, then another and another and another. Time passed and the apple tree grew to be the largest and fullest apple tree from any of its ancestors. The tree held within its rings the knowledge of rains both gentle and harsh, soft breezes, scorching summer days and crystal winter nights. Read more
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History – The Slouch Hat
slouch hat from Alchemist Gift
A question was asked about the slouch hat. Wikipedia describes the slouch hat as “The name “Slouch Hat” refers to the fact that one side droops down as opposed to the other which is pinned against the side of the crown. This style of hat has been worn for many hundreds of years.” It was made to protect one’s face from the sun. We found a picture of it for you. It is mentioned in the first chapter of The Alchemist Gift.