Medieval Views of the Cosmos Picturing the Universe in the Christian and Islamic Middle Ages

ISBN-10: 1851241841
ISBN-13: 9781851241842
Edition: 2004
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Book details

List price: $19.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Bodleian Library
Publication date: 12/31/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 7.20" wide x 9.84" long x 0.47" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Once upon a time, the universe was much simpler: before our modern understanding of an infinite formless space scattered with pulsating stars, revolving planets, and mysterious black holes, the universe was seen as a rigid hierarchical system with the earth and the human race at its center. Medieval Views of the Cosmos investigates this worldview shared by medieval societies, revealing how their modes of thought affect us even today. In the medieval world system—inherited by Christians and Muslims from the Greeks and Romans, and modified by their own religious tenets—spheres bearing the planets and stars wheeled around the earth, and at every level there was a moral lesson for humanity and a satisfying metaphor for the nature of God. The authors of this volume explain how the medieval view of the universe was harmonious on theological and practical levels, providing answers to the most puzzling of questions. Medieval Views of the Cosmos is an engaging and beautifully illustrated introduction to a world where every moment was a theater of human drama directed by the hand of God.

Evelyn Edson is Professor Emeritus at Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, VA, and the author of 'The World Map, 1300-1492: The Persistence of Tradition and Transformation' (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004).

Emilie Savage-Smith, FBA, is Professor of the History of Science (retired), University of Oxford, and Senior Research Consultant to the Bodleian Library. She is the co-author of 'Science, Tools and Magic' (Oxford University Press, 1997) and 'Medieval Islamic Medicine' (Edinburgh University Press, 2007).

Terry Jones was born in Colwyn Bay, Wales on February 1, 1942. He was a writer for such BBC programs as The Frost Report and Do Not Adjust Your Set, before joining with Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, and Michael Palin to form the Monty Python comedy troupe. Best remembered as the nude organist, Jones co-directed Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), and directed Life of Brian (1979) and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983). Along with many Python-related books, screenplays, and records, he has written several non-fiction works including Chaucer's Knight: The Portrait of a Medieval Mercenary, Who Murdered Chaucer?: A Medieval Mystery, and Terry Jones's War on the War on Terror. He also wrote numerous children's books including The Saga of Erik the Viking, which won the Children's Book Award in 1984, Fantastic Stories, The Beast with a Thousand Teeth, The Curse of the Vampire Socks, and Bedtime Stories.

Introduction : the medieval cosmos
Greek and Roman heritage
Science in the Islamic regions
Twelfth-century European Renaissance
Microcosm/macrocosm
The geographical inheritance from antiquity
Medieval Western geography
Medieval Islamic geography
Mapping the earth in the European Middle Ages
Medieval Islamic mapping of the world
Medieval Islamic regional mapping
Regional mapping in medieval Europe
Travellers and traders

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