A King intending to conquer a mighty people prepared himself against
them for war, and when he would get upon a horseback,he commanded one of
his soldiers to give him a cup of water which he mightily loved.
The soldier answered and said, "My lord, what is this water you ask
And the King said, "The water which I long for is a water which I love,
and also the water loves me above all things".
Then considering, he went and brought it, and the King getting it drunk,
drank again till all his members were filled, and all his
veins inflamed, and he was much discoloured.
Then the soldier spoke to him, "My lord, see the horse here and if you
please get upon his back".
However the king answered, "I can not".
But the soldier said "For what reason can you not".
And he answered, "I find myself heavy, and my head aches, and I fancy
all my members divide themselves from one another. Therefore I command
you that you do bring me into a light chamber, which must be in a warm
and dry place, then I shall sweat
and the water will be dried in me, and also I will be freed from it".
And they did as he commanded them, and the time being over they opened
the chamber and found him most dead. But hisrelations went presently to
the Alexandrine and Egyptian physicians, and brought them to him and told
them what had happenedto the King. When they had seen him, they said that
without doubt he might be delivered from it.
Then they asked "Who is the Master among you?"
And the Alexandrines answered "We if you please".
But the Egyptians said "We are Masters if you please and we will be it,
for we are more ancient than you, also we seem to be
To which the Alexandrines consented.
Then the said Masters did take the King and cut him in very small
pieces, grinding these. Then they did mix them with their moistening
medicines a little, then they put him also prepared into his chamber in a
warm temperate place as before for a day and a night. When this was done,
they did take him half-dead, but having yet a little life, and seeing
this the King’s relations said, "Ach the King is dead".
To which the physicians answered, "He is not dead, do not make a noise
as he sleeps".
Now they did take him again and washed him with sweet waters so often
till the least of the medicinal waters went off. Then they mixed him
again with new medicine and put him again in his place as before, and
when they did take him out they found him quite dead.
Then his relations did exclaim, "The King is dead".
To which the physicians did answer "We killed him for the reason that
after his resurrection and the Day of Judgement he may become stronger
and more powerful in this world as he was before".
When the relations did hear this, they fancied they were impostors, and
then taking from them their medicines they forced them to leave the
kingdom. When this was over, they deliberated together what should be
done with the dead poisoned body, and they concluded that they should
bury him that his stink might bring no damage.
When the Alexandrine physicians did hear this, they came and said, "Do
not bury him, for if you please, we will make him better and more
powerful than before".
The relations began to scorn them saying, "Will you impose on us also as
the others have done? And if you do not perfect what you promise you
shall not evade our hands".
To which the physicians consented, and they did take the dead king, as
the others hath left him and grinding him they washed him well till
nothing remained of the others medicines, then they did dry him. Then
they did take of salt armoniac one part, and two parts of Alexandrine
Nitre. This they did mix with the powder of the dead King. Then they did
make a paste of it with linseed oil, and put it into a chamber, made like
a perforated crucible, and under the hole they put another clean
crucible. There they left him for one hour, then they covered it with
fire blowing till all was melted into the other crucible, descending
through thehole. Then the King, also brought from dead to life, cried out
"Where are the enemies. Let them know that I will kill them, if they do
not obey me immediately".
When they heard this they came before him saying "My Lord, we are ready
to obey all your commandments", and from that hour all kings and
neighbours did fear him, and when they would see his wonders, they put
one ounce of washed mercury into a
crucible and projected upon it as much as a grain of linseed of his
hairs, nails or blood. When they blowed gently the coals, then they left
him to cool, and they found a stone which I know. Of this stone they
projected a little upon purified Saturn and presently its form was
altered as I know of which afterwards. They put one part upon ten of
Venus and it would be all of one goodness and colour. And by another way
they did take the said stone powdered and mixed him with salt and Sol as
before, and melted him and projected the said dissolved salts into goat’s
cream, and then it grows good for all things.
Brother, keep secret this treatise for it is of an importance amongst
the fools, and no importance amongst wise men, and this is the Royal way
of three days, for they will have but little labour and great lucre. Let
us glorify the Most High Creator who has
taught his faithful Servant to transmute accidences into substances, also
that they may bring to action these powers which lay hidden in divers