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Chaucer and the country of the stars: poetic uses of astrological imagery.

Author: Chauncey Wood
Publisher: Princeton, N.J., Princeton University Press, 1970.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Named Person: Geoffrey Chaucer; Geoffrey Chaucer; Chaucer; Geoffrey Chaucer; Geoffrey Chaucer; Geoffrey Chaucer; Geoffrey Chaucer; Geoffrey Chaucer; Geoffrey Chaucer
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Chauncey Wood
ISBN: 0691061726 9780691061726
OCLC Number: 58383
Description: xix, 318 pages illustrations 25 cm
Contents: Chaucer's attitude toward astrology. Nature of belief --
Chaucer's comments in the Treatise on the Astrolabe --
Debate about predestination --
Augustinian and Boethian ideas about fate and astrology --
Fourteenth-century views of astrology --
Artistic expressions of providence, astrology, and free will. Conventions and possibilities of astrology. Church decoration and astrology --
Dante's metaphorical cosmology --
Astrology and mythology --
Astrology and mythology in the Knight's Tale and Troilus and Criseyde --
Astrology as a rhetorical device. Complaint of Mars. Historical allegory --
Versions of the Mars and Venus story --
Astrological significance of the conjunction --
Myth and the mythographers --
Iconographic treatments of Mars and Venus --
Proem to the complaint --
Astrological section of the poem --
Complaint of the complaint. Three astrological cruxes. April date in the general prologue --
Wife of bath's horoscope --
Troilus among the spheres: a survey and a suggestion. Astrology in the man of law's tale. Narrator, providence, and romance --
Attitudes in the headlink and prologue --
Narrator, Bernard Silvestris, and Astral determinism --
Horoscope --
Chaucer, the man of law, and the treatment of the sources --
Providence, means, and ends. Time and tide in the Franklin's tale. Mediaeval tidal theory and the disappearance of the rocks --
Science, magic, and "gentilesse" . Parson's prologue. Time of day and the sign of Libra --
Symbolism of Libra --
Significance of the scales and the crucifixion.
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