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A Kingdom of StargazersAstrology and Authority in the Late Medieval Crown of Aragon$
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Michael A. Ryan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449840

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449840.001.0001

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An Unfortunate Claimant: Jaume el Dissortat, the Rise of the Trastámaras, and beyond the Closing of the Ecumene

(p.172) Epilogue
A Kingdom of Stargazers

Michael A. Ryan

Cornell University Press

This epilogue discusses events following the death of King Martí on the last day of May 1410, which ended the original line of the House of Aragon. The widespread interest in millenarian, apocalyptic, and occult themes, and their intersection with regnal authority, did not perish with the death of Martí. During the reign of Fernando I, the new Castilian king of Aragon, an anonymous cleric composed a moralistic prophecy in response to the new king's ascension to the throne. Moreover, throughout the course of the fifteenth century, the pan-European interest in occult and apocalyptic literature continued to flourish apace. Divination and astrology were not pastimes, but instead significant systems of thought used by people to access a body of information that was always tantalizingly out of reach.

Keywords:   occult, prophecy, kings, Martí, divination, Fernando I, Crown of Aragon, astrology

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