Book ID: CBB094462606

The Crown and the Cosmos: Astrology and the Politics of Maximilian I (2015)

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Hayton, Darin (Author)


University of Pittsburgh Press


Publication Date: 2015
Physical Details: 312 pages
Language: English

Despite its popular association today with magic, astrology was once a complex and sophisticated practice, grounded in technical training provided by a university education. The Crown and the Cosmos examines the complex ways that political practice and astrological discourse interacted at the Habsburg court, a key center of political and cultural power in early modern Europe. Like other monarchs, Maximilian I used astrology to help guide political actions, turning to astrologers and their predictions to find the most propitious times to sign treaties or arrange marriage contracts. Perhaps more significantly, the emperor employed astrology as a political tool to gain support for his reforms and to reinforce his own legitimacy as well as that of the Habsburg dynasty. Darin Hayton analyzes the various rhetorical tools astrologers used to argue for the nobility, antiquity, and utility of their discipline, and how they strove to justify their 'science' on the grounds that through its rigorous interpretation of the natural world, astrology could offer more reliable predictions. This book draws on extensive printed and manuscript sources from archives across northern and central Europe, including Poland, Germany, France, and England.

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Authors & Contributors
Blumenthal, Geoffrey
Azzolini, Monica
Haas, Philip
Giovanni Pratesi
Annarita Franza
Mayer, Manuela
Journals
Bruniana & Campanelliana: Ricerche Filosofiche e Materiali Storico-testuali
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Science in Context
Renaissance Quarterly
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Publishers
Franco Angeli
Verlag der Joseph Kuhl Gesellschaft
Edizioni Osiride
Bryn Mawr College
Firenze University Press
Edition Lumière
Concepts
Science and politics
Astrology
Science and society
Astronomy
Manuscripts
Republic of Letters
People
Galilei, Galileo
Copernicus, Nicolaus
Clapmarius, Arnoldus
Bessel, Gottfried
Cles, Bernardo
Watzenrode, Lukasz
Time Periods
16th century
17th century
Renaissance
Early modern
15th century
18th century
Places
Holy Roman Empire
Italy
Europe
Austria
England
Prussia (Germany)
Institutions
Habsburg, House of
Altdorf. Universität
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