Astronomies and Cultures in Early Medieval Europe / Edition 1

Astronomies and Cultures in Early Medieval Europe / Edition 1

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by Stephen C. McCluskey
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521778522

ISBN-13: 9780521778527

Pub. Date: 11/20/2000

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book provides an overview of the astronomical practices that continued through the so-called Dark Ages. Like the astronomies of traditional societies, early medieval astronomies established a religious framework of sacred time and ritual calender; here Christian feasts tied to a pre-Christian ritual solar calender, the date of Easter tied to the Hebrew lunar

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This book provides an overview of the astronomical practices that continued through the so-called Dark Ages. Like the astronomies of traditional societies, early medieval astronomies established a religious framework of sacred time and ritual calender; here Christian feasts tied to a pre-Christian ritual solar calender, the date of Easter tied to the Hebrew lunar calender; and the timing of monastic prayers in terms of the course of the stars. Coupled with the remnants of ancient geometrical astronomy, these provided the framework for the rebirth of astronomy with the rise of the medieval universities.

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ISBN-13:
9780521778527
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/20/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations; Abbreviations; Preface; Part I. The Environment for Medieval Astronomies: 1. Astronomies in cultures; 2. The heritage of astronomical practice; 3. Astronomy and Christian thought; Part II. The Cultivation of Early Medieval Astronomies: 4. Continuity and change in solar ritual; 5. Computing the central time - the date of Easter; 6. Observing the Celestial order - monastic timekeeping; 7. Astronomy in the Liberal Arts; Part III. The Harvest of Medieval Astronomies: 8. The fusion of astronomical traditions; 9. The encounter of Arabic and Latin astronomies; 10. The rebirth of Ptolemaic astronomy; Bibliography.

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As a former graduate student of Medieval History, I highly recommend Professor McCluskey's scholarly work, as it will enlighen the student about the relationships between astronomy and religion in early medieval cultures.