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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 126: Astrology at the Courts of Europe: Textual Transmission, Patronage, and Practice

Monday 10 July 2006, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Monica Azzolini, University of New South Wales / Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Firenze
Moderator/Chair:Sophie L. Page, Department of History, University College London
Paper 126-aHumphrey Duke of Gloucester and his Patronage of Astrology and the Sciences
(Language: English)
Hilary M. Carey, Department of History, Newcastle University, New South Wales / Department of History, University College Dublin
Index terms: Medicine, Politics and Diplomacy, Science
Paper 126-bCommentaries and Translations of Alcabitius's Introduction to Astrology in the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance
(Language: English)
Charles Burnett, Warburg Institute, University of London
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Science

Unlike its artistic and literary counterparts, medieval astrology does not figure prominently in accounts of courtly patronage in late medieval Europe. This panel seeks to address this gap in scholarship by investigating the way astrology was studied, practised, and supported in the late Middle Ages and the early Renaissance. The two papers will address both the transmission and study of astrology at court, and the practical uses to which this knowledge was put. In so doing, these papers will elucidate the intellectual, cultural, and political value of astrology at the courts of late Medieval Europe.