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Morandi's last prophecy and the end of Renaissance politics

Author: Brendan Maurice Dooley
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"One year before Galileo's, another trial was the talk of Rome. The city's most notorious astrologer - Orazio Morandi, abbot of the monastery of Santa Prassede - was brought before the governor's court on charges of possessing prohibited books, fortune telling, and political chicanery. His most serious crime was to have predicted the death of Pope Urban VIII, the news of which spread as far as Spain, where cardinals  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Orazio Morandi; Orazio Morandi; Orazio Morandi; Orazio Morandi
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Brendan Maurice Dooley
ISBN: 0691048649 9780691048642
OCLC Number: 47922834
Description: xii, 238 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Crime and Memory --
The Road to Vallombrosa --
Ad Astra Per Aspera --
The Astrologer's Books --
The Sun Pope --
The Widening Circle --
Heavenly Bodies --
Clean Teeth, Pure Souls --
The Harmony of the Universe --
Charting the Firmament --
The Science of the Stars --
The Business of Astrology --
De Re Publica --
Occult Politics --
The Last Prophecy --
the Vendetta --
The Body of the Accused.
Responsibility: Brendan Dooley.
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Chronicles Orazio Morandi's fabulous rise and fall against the backdrop of enormous political and cultural turmoil that characterized Italy in the early seventeenth century. This book documents a  Read more...

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"An extremely engaging book, one that will reveal to the general public hitherto unknown and perhaps unsuspected aspects of Baroque Rome and the Baroque papacy."--Franco Mormando, America "Dooley Read more...

 
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