The Problem of Astrology

  • Hilary M. Carey

Abstract

This book is about astrology in England at the late medieval court and university. This time and place is critical for tracking one of the elusive transformations of astrology from elite to popular culture which have been a characteristic feature of its history in the west.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hilary M. Carey
    • 1
  1. 1.University of NewcastleAustralia

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