Astronomy, the science of the stars, was an important part of the early medieval curriculum. This astronomical collection produced in France, possibly Chartres, in the 12th century contains texts and diagrams that explain the phases of the moon, the calculation of the positions of stars and planets, and the occurrence of solar and lunar eclipses. It also demonstrates the close relationship between astronomy and astrology in this period, containing striking images of constellations and Zodiac figures.
This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.
- Article by:
- Taylor McCall
- Science and nature, History and learning
Taylor McCall discusses early medieval approaches to various types of knowledge we might consider today to be ‘scientific’, as well as those subjects taught in the earliest universities, including mathematics and astronomy.