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Astrology and Reformation: Book Discussion with Robin B. Barnes


April 26
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
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CMEMS workshop with Robin Barnes (Davidson College). Sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science, and the Department of Religious Studies. Stanford affiliates are invited to join us for lunch and discussion.

Robin Barnes is Professor of History emeritus at Davidson College. His research focuses on the cultural history of early modern Europe, and particularly on apocalypticism, prophecy, and astrology in Germany. He is the author of Prophecy and Gnosis: Apocalypticism in the Wake of the Lutheran Reformation (Stanford University Press, 1988) and, most recently, Astrology and Reformation (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Astrology and Reformation, winner of the Roland H. Bainton Prize awarded by the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, argues for a new assessment of the relationship between the Reformation and the science of the stars, based on analysis of the astrological writings and culture that permeated late medieval and early modern Germany.

Participants are also invited to read the introduction and conclusion to the book, which is available through Oxford Scholarship Online: https://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/11406225