Astronomies and Cultures in Early Medieval Europe

Front Cover
Cambridge University Press, Nov 20, 2000 - Science - 235 pages
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.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

IV
3
V
4
VI
11
VII
14
VIII
15
IX
17
X
20
XI
24
XXX
106
XXXI
110
XXXII
118
XXXIII
119
XXXIV
127
XXXV
136
XXXVI
141
XXXVII
145

XII
25
XIII
29
XIV
30
XV
31
XVI
38
XVII
51
XVIII
54
XIX
60
XX
69
XXI
77
XXII
80
XXIII
84
XXIV
87
XXV
93
XXVII
95
XXVIII
97
XXIX
100
XXXVIII
153
XXXIX
161
XL
162
XLI
167
XLII
176
XLIII
186
XLIV
188
XLV
189
XLVI
194
XLVII
198
XLVIII
199
XLIX
200
L
202
LI
205
LII
225
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information