The Resource The duke and the stars : astrology and politics in Renaissance Milan, Monica Azzolini

The duke and the stars : astrology and politics in Renaissance Milan, Monica Azzolini

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The duke and the stars : astrology and politics in Renaissance Milan
Title
The duke and the stars
Title remainder
astrology and politics in Renaissance Milan
Statement of responsibility
Monica Azzolini
Title variation
Duke & the stars
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This study is the first to examine the important political role played by astrology in Italian court culture. Reconstructing the powerful dynamics existing between astrologers and their prospective or existing patrons, The Duke and the Stars illustrates how the "predictive art" of astrology was a critical source of information for Italian Renaissance rulers, particularly in times of crisis. Astrological "intelligence" was often treated as sensitive, and astrologers and astrologer-physicians were often trusted with intimate secrets and delicate tasks that required profound knowledge not only of astrology but also of the political and personal situation of their clients. Two types of astrological predictions, medical and political, were taken into the most serious consideration. Focusing on Milan, Monica Azzolini describes the various ways in which the Sforza dukes (and Italian rulers more broadly) used astrology as a political and dynastic tool, guiding them as they contracted alliances, made political decisions, waged war, planned weddings, and navigated health crises.The Duke and the Stars explores science and medicine as studied and practiced in fifteenth-century Italy, including how astrology was taught in relation to astronomy
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1971-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Azzolini, Monica
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BF1729.P6
LC item number
A99 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
I Tatti studies in Italian renaissance history
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Gian Galeazzo Sforza
  • Astrology and politics
  • Milan (Italy)
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The duke and the stars : astrology and politics in Renaissance Milan, Monica Azzolini
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [219]-353) and index
Contents
The science of the stars: learning astrology at the University of Pavia -- The making of a dynasty: astrology under Bianca Maria Visconti and Francesco Sforza -- Astrology is destiny: Galeazzo Sforza and the political uses of astrology -- The star-crossed duke: Gian Galeazzo Sforza and medical astrology -- The viper and the eagle: the rise and fall of astrology under Ludovico Sforza
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiii, 370 p.
Isbn
9780674066632
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2012015760
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • 4094936-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)4094936
  • (Sirsi) o821622470
  • (OCoLC)821622470
Label
The duke and the stars : astrology and politics in Renaissance Milan, Monica Azzolini
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [219]-353) and index
Contents
The science of the stars: learning astrology at the University of Pavia -- The making of a dynasty: astrology under Bianca Maria Visconti and Francesco Sforza -- Astrology is destiny: Galeazzo Sforza and the political uses of astrology -- The star-crossed duke: Gian Galeazzo Sforza and medical astrology -- The viper and the eagle: the rise and fall of astrology under Ludovico Sforza
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiii, 370 p.
Isbn
9780674066632
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2012015760
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • 4094936-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)4094936
  • (Sirsi) o821622470
  • (OCoLC)821622470

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