Rudolf II―Habsburg heir, Holy Roman Emperor, king of Hungary,
Germany, and the
Romans―is one of history's great characters, and yet he remains
largely an unknown figure. His reign (1576–1612) roughly mirrored
that of Queen Elizabeth I of England, and while her famous court
is widely recognized as a sixteenth century Who's Who, Rudolf 's
collection of mathematicians, alchemists, artists, philosophers
and astronomers―among them... more...