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copernican revolution

With priestly modesty, the canon of Frauenburg displaced man from the center of the universe… He was the only begetter of the Copernican Revolution, we say. He was the restorer of astronomy, a second Ptolemy, they said in the sixteenth … Continue reading

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BAD MOON RISING: THE PEREGRINE PROPHECIES

”Shakespeare’s plays mirror the debate of his time between those who believed that the macrocosm of the stars influenced the microcosm of human life, and those who dismissed astrology as “excellent foppery.”┬áThe phrase comes from Edmund in King Lear, who … Continue reading

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KING OF ALL THE WORLD

The holy terrors of Munster. Their revolution in 1534-35 anticipated the “psychic epidemics” of our own time: “The spread of the Anabaptists in lower Germany and the Netherlands must largely be ascribed to the activity of Melchior Hofmann, a widely … Continue reading

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