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History, prophecy, and the stars : the Christian astrology of Pierre d'Ailly, 1350-1420, Laura Ackerman Smoller

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History, prophecy, and the stars : the Christian astrology of Pierre d'Ailly, 1350-1420
Title
History, prophecy, and the stars
Title remainder
the Christian astrology of Pierre d'Ailly, 1350-1420
Statement of responsibility
Laura Ackerman Smoller
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Although astrology was viewed with suspicion by the medieval church, it became a major area of inquiry for the renowned cardinal and scholar Pierre d'Ailly, whose astrological and apocalyptic writings had a significant influence on Christopher Columbus. D'Ailly's writings on the stars, the focus of this book, clearly illustrate the complex relationships among astrology, science, and Christian thinking in the later Middle Ages. Through an examination of his letters, sermons, and philosophical, astrological, and theological treatises, Laura Ackerman Smoller reveals astrology's appeal as a scientific means to interpret history and prophecy, and not merely as a magical way to forecast and manipulate one's own fate. At the same time, she shows how d'Ailly dealt with delicate problems - such as free will and God's omnipotence - in elevating astrology to a compelling, but not always consistent, "natural theology."
  • The French cardinal's most intriguing prediction was for the advent of Antichrist in 1789, one that stemmed from his deep concern over the Great Schism (1378-1414). Smoller maintains that the division in the church led d'Ailly to fear the imminence of the apocalypse, and that he eventually turned to astrology to quell his apocalyptic fears, thereby gaining confidence that a church council could heal the Schism. In elucidating the place of astrology in medieval society, this book also affords a personal glimpse of a man facing a profound crisis
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1960-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smoller, Laura Ackerman
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BF1679.8.A453
LC item number
S56 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Ailly, Pierre d'
  • Pierre
  • Ailly, Pierre d'
  • Ailly, Pierre d'
  • Peter
  • Astrology
  • Occultism
  • Astronomie
  • Astrologie
  • Religion
  • Histoire
  • Histoire
  • France
  • Astrologie
  • Occultisme
  • Astrologie
  • Late middeleeuwen
  • Occultisme
  • Christianisme et astrologie
  • Christianisme et occultisme
  • Prophéties (occultisme)
  • Astrologie mediévale
  • Occultisme
  • Christentum
  • Prophetie
  • Astrologie
Label
History, prophecy, and the stars : the Christian astrology of Pierre d'Ailly, 1350-1420, Laura Ackerman Smoller
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ch. 1. Introduction -- Ch. 2. The Medieval Debate about Astrology -- Ch. 3. The Making of an Astrologer: The Development of Pierre d'Ailly's Thought on the Stars -- Ch. 4. Astrology and the Narration of History -- Ch. 5. The Great Schism and the Coming of the Apocalypse -- Ch. 6. Astrology and the Postponement of the End -- Ch. 7. The Concordance of Astrology and Theology -- Appendix 1. A Note on the Availability of d'Ailly's Writings on Astrology -- Appendix 2. A Chronology of d'Ailly's Works Dealing with Astrology
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 233 pages
Isbn
9780691087887
Lccn
93044907
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)29357795
  • (OCoLC)ocm29357795
Label
History, prophecy, and the stars : the Christian astrology of Pierre d'Ailly, 1350-1420, Laura Ackerman Smoller
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ch. 1. Introduction -- Ch. 2. The Medieval Debate about Astrology -- Ch. 3. The Making of an Astrologer: The Development of Pierre d'Ailly's Thought on the Stars -- Ch. 4. Astrology and the Narration of History -- Ch. 5. The Great Schism and the Coming of the Apocalypse -- Ch. 6. Astrology and the Postponement of the End -- Ch. 7. The Concordance of Astrology and Theology -- Appendix 1. A Note on the Availability of d'Ailly's Writings on Astrology -- Appendix 2. A Chronology of d'Ailly's Works Dealing with Astrology
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 233 pages
Isbn
9780691087887
Lccn
93044907
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)29357795
  • (OCoLC)ocm29357795

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