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A Kingdom of Stargazers: Astrology and Authority in the Late Medieval Crown of Aragon

Michael A. Ryan

Abstract

Astrology in the Middle Ages was considered a branch of the magical arts, one informed by Jewish and Muslim scientific knowledge in Muslim Spain. 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. This book examines the interest in astrology i ... More

Keywords: astrology, Christian Church, occult beliefs, occult practices, Aragon, astrological writings, religious orthodoxy, Pere III, Joan I, Martí I

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801449840
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449840.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael A. Ryan, author
University of New Mexico

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