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The Resource A kingdom of stargazers : astrology and authority in the late medieval crown of Aragon, Michael A. Ryan

A kingdom of stargazers : astrology and authority in the late medieval crown of Aragon, Michael A. Ryan

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A kingdom of stargazers : astrology and authority in the late medieval crown of Aragon
Title
A kingdom of stargazers
Title remainder
astrology and authority in the late medieval crown of Aragon
Statement of responsibility
Michael A. Ryan
Title variation
Astrology and authority in the late medieval crown of Aragon
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Astrology in the Middle Ages was considered a branch of the magical arts, one informed by Jewish and Muslim scientific knowledge in Muslim Spain. As such it was deeply troubling to some Church authorities. Using the stars and planets to divine the future ran counter to the orthodox Christian notion that human beings have free will, and some clerical authorities argued that it almost certainly entailed the summoning of spiritual forces considered diabolical. We know that occult beliefs and practices became widespread in the later Middle Ages, but there is much about the phenomenon that we do not understand. For instance, how deeply did occult beliefs penetrate courtly culture and what exactly did those in positions of power hope to gain by interacting with the occult? In A Kingdom of Stargazers, Michael A. Ryan examines the interest in astrology in the Iberian kingdom of Aragon, where ideas about magic and the occult were deeply intertwined with notions of power, authority, and providence. -- Book jacket
Cataloging source
NIC/DLC
Dewey number
133.50946
Index
index present
LC call number
BF1714.S65
LC item number
R93 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
A kingdom of stargazers : astrology and authority in the late medieval crown of Aragon, Michael A. Ryan
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Prophecy, knowledge, and authority : divining the future and expecting the end of days -- For youths and simpletons : the folly of elite astrology -- The Iberian Peninsula : land of astral magic -- Kings and their heavens : the ceremonious and the negligent -- To condemn a king : the inquisitor and the notary -- A return to orthodoxy : the ascension of Martí I and the end of an era -- Epilogue : an unfortunate claimant : Jaume el Dissortat, the rise of the Trastámaras, and beyond the Closing of the Ecumene
Control code
ocn697612835
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 214 p.
Isbn
9780801449840
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011001002
System control number
(OCoLC)697612835
Label
A kingdom of stargazers : astrology and authority in the late medieval crown of Aragon, Michael A. Ryan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Prophecy, knowledge, and authority : divining the future and expecting the end of days -- For youths and simpletons : the folly of elite astrology -- The Iberian Peninsula : land of astral magic -- Kings and their heavens : the ceremonious and the negligent -- To condemn a king : the inquisitor and the notary -- A return to orthodoxy : the ascension of Martí I and the end of an era -- Epilogue : an unfortunate claimant : Jaume el Dissortat, the rise of the Trastámaras, and beyond the Closing of the Ecumene
Control code
ocn697612835
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 214 p.
Isbn
9780801449840
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011001002
System control number
(OCoLC)697612835

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