Nicole Oresme’s treatises on cosmography and divination: a discussion of the Treatise of the Sphere

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Nicole Oresme was part of the intellectual elite of Charles V, King of France. In the 1360s, Oresme was concerned about the interest that Charles was showing in astrology and was concerned that his tendency towards superstition might influence matters of State. At a time that the term 'astrology' was used interchangeably to mean the study of celestial bodies as well as a means of divination, Oresme wrote two treatises to explain the differences. The Treatise of the Sphere was his attempt to explain cosmography in lay terms
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2012
EventStarcraft: Watching the Heavens in the Early Middle Ages - University College London
Duration: 30 Jun 2012 → …

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ConferenceStarcraft: Watching the Heavens in the Early Middle Ages
Period30/06/12 → …

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Mackley, J. S. (2012). Nicole Oresme’s treatises on cosmography and divination: a discussion of the Treatise of the Sphere. Paper presented at Starcraft: Watching the Heavens in the Early Middle Ages, .