Table of Contents

Printing, Popular Culture, and the Scientific Revolution

Chapter 1
The Literature of Secrets in the Middle Ages

Chapter 2
Knowledge and Power

Chapter 3
Arcana Disclosed

Chapter 4
The ‘Professors of Secrets’ and Their Books

Chapter 5
Leonardo Fioravanti, Vendor of Secrets

Chapter 6
Natural Magic and the Secrets of Nature

Chapter 7
The Secrets of Nature in Popular Culture

Chapter 8
Science as a Venatio

Chapter 9
The Virtuosi and the Secrets of Nature

Chapter 10
From the Secrets of Nature to Public Knowledge


The Professor of Secrets

SET AGAINST THE SUMPTUOUS BACKDROP of Renaissance Italy, this riveting tale explores the era’s medicine and culture through the life of the world’s first "celebrity doctor"—whose miracle cures and outsize personality drew both adoration and scorn. The Professor of Secrets was Leonardo Fioravanti, a brilliant, forward-thinking, and utterly unconventional doctor... His marvelous remedies and talent for self-aggrandizement earned him the adoration of the people, the derision of the medical establishment, and a reputation as one of his era’s most colorful and combative figures.

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