This series provides extensive annotated bibliographies on specific topics in many different fields. They are written by scholars with the aim of introducing students to important issues and key authors. The different subject sections are all under development with new essays added twice a year. Subject sections available to students on the Haverford campus include:
Renaissance and Reformation
Essays of interest include: "Astrology, Alchemy, Magic" "Johannes Copernicus"
Triumphal Chariot of Maximilian I (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
The Culture of Astrology from Ancient to Renaissance / Hubner, Wolfgang / p. 17
Representation of the Skies and the Astrological Chart / Bezza, Giuseppe / p. 59
The Return to Ptolemy / Faracovi, Ornella / p. 87
The Theological Debate / p. 99
Astrology and Society / Eamon, William / p. 141
Astrology and Politics / p. 193
Astrology and Science / Dooley, Brendan / p. 233
The New Astral Medicine / Hirai, Hiro / p. 267
Astrology and Literature / Reeves, Eileen / p. 287
Picturing the Stars: Astrological Imagery in the Latin West, 1100--1550 / Blume, Dieter / p. 333
Reading the Peruvian Skies / Brosseder, Claudia / p. 399
This journal publishes literature reviews exclusively. Literature reviews are a particularly useful kind of journal article when doing research. They address the issues involved in a particular question and the debates among scholars. They map out the intellectual terrain succinctly and give you the major landmarks in terms of key authors and significant titles for greater understanding.
Hilary M. Carey "Astrology in the Middle Ages"
Abstract: The article reviews the history of astrology in the middle ages including its classical inheritance, ascendancy under Byzantium and Islam, and development in the Latin west. Mediaeval astrology was a part of learned, scientific culture. However, the translation movement in the high middle ages brought challenges of integration to the Latin west, reflected in condemnations and anxieties about the orthodoxy and morality of astrological judgements. It was not until relatively late that astrology was practised on a large scale in mediaeval courts and it never achieved the same level of prominence as it did under Islam. The final section considers new work on the history of astrology, including astrology and medicine and astrology and the court. The article considers major figures, including Claudius Ptolemaeus (Ptolemy), Isidore of Seville (c. 600 ad), Māshā’allāh (Messahallah) (c. 735–815), Abū Ma’shar (Albumasar), Ahmad ibn Yūsuf (870–904), John of Seville (fl. 1135–1153), Alfonso X (El Sabio) of Castile (1221–1284), Albertus Magnus (1206–1280), and the fifteenth-century astrologer historian, Simon de Phares. It is argued that astrology was an integral part of the mediaeval world view and it is impossible to understand mediaeval culture without taking it into account.