Culture and Cosmos is a peer-reviewed academic journal in the history of astrology and cultural astronomy published by the Sophia Centre Press in partnership with the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, Faculty of Humanitiies and the Performing Arts, at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David

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Volume 15-2

Astrologia Licita? Astrologia Illicita? That is the Matter of the Perception of Astrology at Kraków University in the Fifteenth Century

Sylwia Konarska-Zimnicka


In the fifteenth century Cracow Academy was the only university in Europe which had a chair of astronomy and astrology. The development of those fields of study made Cracow one of the most important academic centres. Many masters of the Cracow University, such as Stanisław of Skarbimierz, Franciszek of Brzeg, Jacob of Paradyż, Stanisław of Zawada, Martin Król of Żurawica and John of Głogów, played a great role in the systematization of the knowledge about the stars. However, most important was their attitude to astrological determinism. In their treaties they tried to define astrology as licita or illicita.

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