Writing the Future, Prognostic Texts of Medieval England
EAN13
9782812410888
ISBN
978-2-8124-1088-8
Éditeur
Classiques Garnier
Date de publication
Collection
Textes littéraires du Moyen âge (2)
Nombre de pages
360
Dimensions
22 x 15 x 1,9 cm
Poids
502 g
Langue
anglais
Code dewey
133.30902
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Writing the Future

Prognostic Texts of Medieval England

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Classiques Garnier

Textes littéraires du Moyen âge

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This study examines methods of predicting the future in medieval England as recorded in a variety of previously unpublished texts ranging from moon-based calculations (including zodiacal lunaries) and horoscopes, texts identifying times regarded as favourable or unfavourable for specific initiatives and enterprises, dreambooks, treatises derived from geomancy, to so-called "books of fate" which exploit the tradition of sortes, and miscellaneous items on prognostic phenomena such as weather and birthdates. The choice of topics about which enlightenment was sought proves to be remarkably consistent, the product of both Latin traditions and local cultural conditions. The book provides a counterpart to, and extension of, Lázló Chardonnens's monograph, Anglo-Saxon Prognostics, 900-1100 : Study and Texts (2007).
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