Astrology in Medieval Manuscripts


The art of predicting earthly events from the movements of stars and planets has always been a source of fascination.

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Medieval astrologers, though sometimes feared to be magicians in league with demons, were usually revered scholars whose ideas and practices were widely respected. 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, as revealed by a wealth of illustrated manuscripts from the British Library’s rich medieval collection.

Contains over 50 colour images of manuscripts from the British Library’s medieval collection, including several new additions.

Companion title to Magic in Medieval Manuscripts by a leading scholar and lecturer in late medieval history.

Sophie Page
The British Library
Publication date
October 2017
128 pages
190 x 150 mm

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