Raymond Lully, Spanish theologian, late 13th century.
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Raymond Lully, Spanish theologian, late 13th century.

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Engraving. Spanish nobleman Ramon Llull, also known as Raymond Lully (c 1232-1316), was born in Palma, Majorca. Following a miltary career Lully decided in 1266 to give up his life as a soldier to devote his time to converting Muslims to Catholicism. This resulted to him being banished from Tunis in 1291 and from Algeria in 1305. During a later visit to Tunis Lully was stoned and died from his injuries a few days later. The Lullists combined alchemy with religious mysticism although there is no proof that Lully himself practised alchemy. Illustration from 'Das Buch Der Grossen Chemiker, Band I' , by Gunther Bugge, published in Berlin, c 1929-1930.

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