The Bodleian alethiometer was one of the six alethiometers made. It was kept at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

The Bodleian alethiometer was made by Pavel Khunrath some time before 1612.

During the rise of the Consistorial Court of Discipline (CCD), the Prefect of the Court became aware of the existence of the Bodleian alethiometer. He demanded by message that the library surrendered it, but the Librarian refused and hid the alethiometer in a hollowed-out book about experimental theology. The CCD could not find it and threatened the Librarian with death unless he gave over the alethiometer. Again the he refused and was brought outside to be shot. However, the Prefect of the Court recognised the Librarian as an old college friend and spared his life, keeping the alethiometer in Oxford.[1]

In 1986 a small group of scholars, including Hannah Relf,studied the Bodleian alethiometer and the meaning of its symbols. It was also discussed by Coram van Texel, Axel Löfgren and Gunnar Hallgrimsson at the University of Uppsala in the same year.[1]

Physical appearance[edit | edit source]

The Bodleian aletheometer was more shallow than its counterpart from Bologna. Its symbols were painted in brilliant colours on ivory.[2]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 La Belle Sauvage, Chapter 4
  2. La Belle Sauvage, Chapter 13
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