The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0307  Monday, 14 February 2000.

From:           B. Vickers <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 14 Feb 2000 11:58:37 +0100
Subject: SHK 11.024
Comment:        Reply to SHK 11.024

To answer Frank Whigham's query, the best study of the furor surrounding
the astrologers' predictions of the end of the world in February 1524,
to be caused by the conjunction of the three upper planets in the sign
of Pisces (according to one theorist; according to another, 20
conjunctions, 16 of them in Pisces) is Paolo Zambelli (ed.), 'Astrologi
hallucinati'. Stars and the End of the World in Luther's Time (Berlin,
New York, 1986: Walter de Gruyter). The proceedings of a conference held
in Berlin in 1984, it contains 12 papers by distinguished specialists in
sixteenth-century astrology, prophecy, and printing, which provide a
comprehensive discussion of this voluble debate - some 60 authors
produced over 160 treatises. The failure of the conjunctions to cause
either a Second Deluge or even moderate flooding was another factor
leading to the discrediting of judicial astrology.

Best wishes,
Brian Vickers
Centre for Renaissance Studies
Chair of English Language and Literature

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