Christer Böke (MA, History and Theology) has been researching the history of alchemy for the past two decades. His major interest lies in reconstructing alchemical theories from an experimental perspective. Christer wrote his Masters thesis (Lund, 2002) on the ‘Paracelsus dispute’ (1707–1708) between the swedish chymists, Urban Hjärne and Magnus Gabriel von Block, triggered by the infamous Paykull affair—a topic he further covered during ‘On the Fringes of Alchemy’, an alchemical workshop held with different scholars in Budapest 2010. Christer participated in the Swedish translation and commentary of Fulcanelli’s Le Mystère des Cathédrales (Katedralernas mysterium, 2013), featured in the documentary Alkemistens År: The Great Work (2013), and acted as a peer-reviewer on Carl-Michael Edenborg’s alchemical fiction drama, Alkemistens dotter (2014).
Christer Böke is a translator and commentator of the text, Hermetic Recreations, a nineteenth century French alchemical manuscript appearing for the first time in English through Rubedo Press.