Astronomies and Cultures in Early Medieval Europe by Stephen C. McCluskey
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Astronomies and Cultures in Early Medieval Europe
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Astronomies and Cultures in Early Medieval Europe

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Astronomies and Cultures in Early Medieval Europe by Stephen C. McCluskey

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Historians have long recognized that the rebirth of science in twelfth-century Europe flowed from a search for ancient scientific texts. But this search presupposes knowledge and interest; we only seek what we know to be valuable. The emergence of scholarly interest after centuries of apparent stagnation seems paradoxical. This book resolves that seeming contradiction by describing four active traditions of early medieval astronomy: one divided the year by observing the Sun; another computed the date of Easter Full Moon; the third determined the time for monastic prayers by watching the course of the stars; and the classical tradition of geometrical astronomy provided a framework for the cosmos. Most of these astronomies were practical; they sustained the communities in which they flourished and reflected and reinforced the values of those communities. These astronomical traditions motivated the search for ancient learning that led to the Scientific Renaissance of the twelfth century.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521583619
ISBN-10: 0521583616
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 252
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Jan-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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This book provides an overview of the astronomical practices that continued through the so-called 'Dark Ages'.

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