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Duke and the Stars Astrology and Politics in Renaissance Milan

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ISBN-10: 0674066634

ISBN-13: 9780674066632

Edition: 2012

Authors: Monica Azzolini

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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…    
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Book details

List price: $64.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 1/14/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 392
Size: 6.13" wide x 9.25" long x 1.20" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

Monica Azzolini is Lecturer in Early Modern European History at the University of Edinburgh.

Preface
Illustrations
Introduction
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 Maria 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
Epilogue
Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index