Book review: Astrology and the seventeenth-century mind: William Lilly and the language of the stars

Poole, Robert (1997) Book review: Astrology and the seventeenth-century mind: William Lilly and the language of the stars. History, 82 (268). pp. 693-694.

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Abstract

`Just what was William Lilly so good at?' asks Ann Geneva near the start of this interesting book. It is a question well worth the asking, for William Lilly's almanacs were one of the publishing phenomena of the Civil War period, selling in their tens of thousands to a public anxious for signs of what was to come, and supported by a parliament well aware of the value of works which declared that the heavens proclaimed the downfall of the king. In the war for hearts and minds, Lilly was parliament's secret weapon, `the first astrological republican'. Moreover, not only did he write his predictions in an accessible way, he also explained his methods, breaking the magicians' code. He even issued a manual, Christian Astrology, in 1647. Lilly's combination of evangelicalism and predictive success did more than anything to popularize the arcane craft of
astrology.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: History
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1468-229X
Departments: Faculty of Education, Arts and Business > Institute of the Arts > Humanities
Pre 2016 Departments: Faculty of Education, Arts and Business > Arts and Humanities
Additional Information: Robert Poole reviews the book `Astrology and the Seventeenth-Century Mind: William Lilly and the Language of the Stars,' by Ann Geneva. Manchester University Press. 1995.
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2010 15:57
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2017 05:47
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/727

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