Astrology in Medieval Manuscripts

Author: Sophie Page

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802085115

Category: History

Page: 64

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"Astrology in Medieval Manuscripts describes the complexity of western medieval astrology and its place in society, as revealed by a wealth of illustrated manuscripts and historical background."--BOOK JACKET.
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Astrology in Medieval Manuscripts

Author: Sophie Page

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781487502959

Category: Art

Page: 112

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Politics, medicine, weather forecasting, cosmology and alchemy were all influenced by astrological concepts. Astrology in Medieval Manuscripts explores the dazzling complexity of western medieval astrology and its place in society.
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Magic in Medieval Manuscripts

Author: Sophie Page

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802037978

Category: Art

Page: 64

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"Magic in Medieval Manuscripts" explores the place of magic in the medieval world and the contradictory responses it evoked, through an exploration of images and texts in British Library manuscripts.
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Astrology in the Middle Ages

Author: Theodore Otto Wedel

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 048643642X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 163

View: 492

Explanations of a diverse range of physical phenomena raised astrology to a prominent place in the history of philosophy and science. This volume traces the development of astrology from the 5th through 15th centuries, with interpretations from a variety of literary sources that include medieval romances and the works of Chaucer.
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Astrology, Magic, and Alchemy in Art

Author: Matilde Battistini

Publisher: Getty Publications

ISBN: 9780892369072

Category: Art

Page: 383

View: 8780

From antiquity to the Enlightenment, astrology, magic, and alchemy were considered important tools to unravel the mysteries of nature and human destiny. In this latest volume in the popular Guide to Imagery series, Battistini presents a careful analysis of occult iconography in many of the great masterpieces of Western art, calling out key features in the illustrations for discussion and interpretation.
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Unlocked Books

Manuscripts of Learned Magic in the Medieval Libraries of Central Europe

Author: Benedek Lang

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 0271033789

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 334

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During the Middle Ages, the Western world translated the incredible Arabic scientific corpus and imported it into Western culture: Arabic philosophy, optics, and physics, as well as alchemy, astrology, and talismanic magic. The line between the scientific and the magical was blurred. According to popular lore, magicians of the Middle Ages were trained in the art of magic in &“magician schools&” located in various metropolitan areas, such as Naples, Athens, and Toledo. It was common knowledge that magic was learned and that cities had schools designed to teach the dark arts. The Spanish city of Toledo, for example, was so renowned for its magic training schools that &“the art of Toledo&” was synonymous with &“the art of magic.&” Until Benedek L&áng&’s work on Unlocked Books, little had been known about the place of magic outside these major cities. A principal aim of Unlocked Books is to situate the role of central Europe as a center for the study of magic. L&áng helps chart for us how the thinkers of that day&—clerics, courtiers, and university masters&—included in their libraries not only scientific and religious treatises but also texts related to the field of learned magic. These texts were all enlisted to solve life&’s questions, whether they related to the outcome of an illness or the meaning of lines on one&’s palm. Texts summoned angels or transmitted the recipe for a magic potion. L&áng gathers magical texts that could have been used by practitioners in late fifteenth-century central Europe.
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Mansions of the Moon: A Lunar Zodiac for Astrology and Magic

A Lunar Zodiac for Astrology & Magic

Author: Christopher Warnock

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 0557560780

Category: Electional astrology

Page: 187

View: 7538

Christopher Warnock's Mansions of the Moon is the definitive source for the Arabic and Western lunar Mansions and their use in traditional electional astrology and astrological magic. Mansions of the Moon provides an introduction to this fascinating and hidden system of traditional astrology. With beautiful black and white illustrations of each of the images of the 28 Mansions from Picatrix by Nigel Jackson, the talented mage and artist, the Mansions of the Moon is an ideal source for talismanic magic. Warnock provides a complete history and introduction to the Mansions, practical instructions for their use and extensive appendices from traditional sources on the Mansions.
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Magic in the Cloister

Pious Motives, Illicit Interests, and Occult Approaches to the Medieval Universe

Author: Sophie Page

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 0271062975

Category: Religion

Page: 248

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During the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries a group of monks with occult interests donated what became a remarkable collection of more than thirty magic texts to the library of the Benedictine abbey of St. Augustine’s in Canterbury. The monks collected texts that provided positive justifications for the practice of magic and books in which works of magic were copied side by side with works of more licit genres. In Magic in the Cloister, Sophie Page uses this collection to explore the gradual shift toward more positive attitudes to magical texts and ideas in medieval Europe. She examines what attracted monks to magic texts, in spite of the dangers involved in studying condemned works, and how the monks combined magic with their intellectual interests and monastic life. By showing how it was possible for religious insiders to integrate magical studies with their orthodox worldview, Magic in the Cloister contributes to a broader understanding of the role of magical texts and ideas and their acceptance in the late Middle Ages.
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Designing English

Early Literature on the Page

Author: Daniel Wakelin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781851244751

Category: Books

Page: 224

View: 301

Early manuscripts in the English language include religious works, plays, romances, poetry and songs, as well as charms, notebooks, science and medieval medicine. How did scribes choose to arrange the words and images on the page in each manuscript? How did they preserve, clarify and illustrate writing in English? What visual guides were given to early readers of English in how to understand or use their books?'Designing English' is an overview of eight centuries of graphic design in manuscripts and inscriptions from the Anglo-Saxon to the early Tudor periods. Working beyond the traditions established for Latin, scribes of English needed to be more inventive, so that each book was an opportunity for redesigning. 'Designing English' focuses on the craft, agency and intentions of scribes, painters and engravers in the practical processes of making pages and artefacts. It weighs up the balance of ingenuity and copying, practicality and imagination in their work. It surveys bilingual books, format, ordinatio, decoration and reading aloud, as well as inscriptions on objects, monuments and buildings.With over ninety illustrations, drawn especially from the holdings of the Bodleian Library in Old English and Middle English, 'Designing English' gives a comprehensive overview of English books and other material texts across the Middle Ages.
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Astrological Judgement of Diseases from the Decumbiture of the Sick

Author: Nicholas Culpeper

Publisher: Astrology Center of America

ISBN: 9781933303048

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 184

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Nicholas Culpeper (1616 - 1654), is best known today for his English Physician, a comprehensive guide to the medicinal uses of native plants and herbs, the first such book published in English. Culpeper, a Puritan, was the son of a clergyman. In 1634 he spent a year at Cambridge, where he learned Greek and Latin, which enabled him to study old medical texts. He was apprenticed to an apothecary and started his formal practice in Spitalfields, London, around 1640. Culpeper supported the Parliamentary side in the English Civil War, suffering a severe chest wound in 1643. After recovering he returned to his medical practice in London, where he established a reputation as an outstanding healer. War wounds combined with overwork led to his death by exhaustion in 1654, aged 37. According to his widow, he left behind some 70 unfinished manuscripts. Astrological Judgement of Diseases from the Decumbiture of the Sick, was published posthumously. This book is the astrological companion to his better-known English Physician. In this book is the distilled experience of a very busy practitioner. The text, while newly reset, retains the spelling and punctuation of the original.
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Courtly Culture

Literature and Society in the High Middle Ages

Author: Joachim Bumke

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520066342

Category: History

Page: 770

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Every aspect of "courtly culture" comes to life in Joachim Bumke's extraordinarily rich and well-documented presentation. A renowned medievalist with an encyclopedic knowledge of original sources and a passion for history, Bumke overlooks no detail, from the material realities of aristocratic society -- the castles and clothing, weapons and transportation, food, drink, and table etiquette -- to the behavior prescribed and practiced at tournaments, knighting ceremonies, and great princely feasts. The courtly knight and courtly lady, and the transforming idea of courtly love, are seen through the literature that celebrated them, and we learn how literacy among an aristocratic laity spread from France through Germany and became the basis of a cultural revolution. At the same time, Bumke clearly challenges those who have comfortably confused the ideals of courtly culture with their expression in courtly society.
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Health and Healing from the Medieval Garden

Author: Peter Dendle,Alain Touwaide

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN: 1843839768

Category: Science

Page: 270

View: 393

Fresh examinations of the role of medicinal plants in medieval thought and practice and how they contributed to broader ideas concerning the body, religion and identity.
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Astronomical Knowledge Transmission Through Illustrated Aratea Manuscripts

Author: Marion Dolan

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319567845

Category: Science

Page: 464

View: 5747

This carefully researched monograph is a historical investigation of the illustrated Aratea astronomical manuscript and its many interpretations over the centuries. Aratus' 270 B.C.E. Greek poem describing the constellations and astrological phenomena was translated and copied over 800 years into illuminated manuscripts that preserved and illustrated these ancient stories about the constellations. The Aratea survives in its entirety due to multiple translations from Greek to Latin and even to Arabic, with many illuminated versions being commissioned over the ages. The survey encompasses four interrelated disciplines: history of literature, history of myth, history of science, and history of art. Aratea manuscripts by their nature are a meeting place of these distinct branches, and the culling of information from historical literature and from the manuscripts themselves focuses on a wider, holistic view; a narrow approach could not provide a proper prospective. What is most essential to know about this work is that because of its successive incarnations it has survived and been reinterpreted through the centuries, which speaks to its importance in all of these disciplines. This book brings a better understanding of the history, changes and transmission of the original astronomical Phaenomena poem. Historians, art historians, astronomy lovers, and historians of astronomy will learn more specialized details concerning the Aratea and how the tradition survived from the Middle Ages. It is a credit to the poetry of Aratus and the later interpreters of the text that its pagan aspects were not edited nor removed, but respected and maintained in the exact same form despite the fact that all sixty Aratea manuscripts mentioned in this study were produced under the rule of Christianity.
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Astrology

a history

Author: Peter Whitfield

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 207

View: 2843

In this copiously illustrated book, Peter Whitfield provides a full account of the history of astrology, its intellectual roots, its social setting and its technical language. He shows convincingly that for very many centuries astrology was an accepted facet of both scientific and religious thought; it was in fact an essential component in people's understanding of their own nature and being.
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Venus and Mars

the world of the medieval housebook

Author: Christoph Waldburg Wolfegg (Graf zu.),Almuth Seebohm

Publisher: Prestel Publishing

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 115

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Studies in Medieval Science

Alchemy, Astrology, Mathematics, and Medicine

Author: Pearl Kibre

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 376

View: 8063

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Mappae Clavicula

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 62

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The Hours of Simon de Varie

Author: James H. Marrow,François Avril

Publisher: Getty Publications

ISBN: 9780892362844

Category: Art

Page: 255

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Leading French painters in the late medieval period executed miniatures for lavishly illuminated books of hours. In the mid-fifteenth century, Simon de Varie commissioned such a book. Completed in 1455, it included five priceless works by the most eminent French painter of the time, Jean Fouquet, as well as other striking paintings by two of his contemporaries. In the seventeenth century, Simon de Varie's book was divided into three sections and sold as separate volumes. Two of these volumes are today in the Royal Library in The Hague. The third volume--thought lost until 1984, when it surfaced in a private collection and was subsequently acquired by the Getty Museum--contains the first miniatures by Jean Fouquet to have been discovered in eighty years. This beautiful book will reproduce in color all of the miniatures and historiated initials in the original manuscript, along with selected text pages with secondary decoration. Comparative illustrations also accompany the two essays in the volume. Marrow's text addresses the role of books of hours in late medieval culture; the contents and form of de Varie's Hours; and the relationship of the miniatures by Fouquet to the rest of the artist's oeuvre. In a related essay, Francois Avril discusses the position of Simon de Varie and his family in mid-fifteenth-century France. The publication of The Hours of Simon de Varie adds to the Getty's impressive list of publications on illuminated manuscripts begun in 1990 and including the widely acclaimed facsimile Mira calligraphiae monumenta.
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The Unorthodox Imagination in Late Medieval Britain

Author: Sophie Page

Publisher: Neale UCL Studies in British History

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 220

View: 9795

The unorthodox imagination in late medieval Britain explores how medieval people responded to images, stories, beliefs and practices which were at odds with the normative world view, from the heretical and subversive to the marvellous and exotic. The Neale lecture by Jean-Claude Schmitt examines why some unorthodox images were viewed as provocative and threatening and explores how successfully ecclesiastical authorities contained their impact. The power of unorthodoxy to provoke wonder, skepticism or disapproval provides an opportunity to view medieval culture from fresh perspectives. The essays in this volume show that unorthodoxy was embedded in mainstream medieval culture, from stories of fairies and witches which promoted orthodox moral values to the social conformity of practitioners of ritual magic. This book provides a guide to understanding medieval unorthodoxy and the roles played by experience and imagination in medieval encounters with the unorthodox. It will be essential reading for anyone interested in the exotic, provocative and deviant in medieval culture.
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