Astronomical texts

Description

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.

Full title:
Astronomical texts
Created:
12th century
Format:
Manuscript
Language:
Latin
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
Bibliothèque nationale de France
Shelfmark:
Latin 14754

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