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Auguste Hauschner (1850-1924) was a German-language writer who worked in Prague. The novel about the astronomer Tycho Brahe and a wonder-working rabbi is set in 16th century Prague at the time of Emperor Rudolph II.

The Habsburg Monarch and Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II. (1552-1612) held court in Prague. He was a great patron of the arts and highly interested in alchemy and all occult sciences.

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Steiner-Prag, Hugo: Illustration to The Death of the Lion: Rudolph II, Leo Baeck Institute, 78.803.