Astrology & the Popular Press

Book ID:
8119
Title:
Astrology & the Popular Press
Subtitle:
English Almanacs 1500-1800
Author:
'Capp, Bernard '
Publisher name:
Faber & Faber
Edition number:
First
First edition date:
1979
Pages:
452
Dewey decimal number:
133.5 CAP
Dust jacket:
No
Language:
English
Photographs:
No
Illustrations:
No
Bibliography:
No
Notes:

Astrology & the Popular Press - English Almanacs 1500-1800

by Bernard Capp

Apart from the Bible, almanacs were the most influential and widely dispersed forms of literature in Tudor and Suart England. At their zenith in the later seventeenth century, they sold at a rate of 400,000 copies a year. They were read by may people who read little else, and the works of Shakespeare and Jonson, among others, have numerous references to them. Dr. Capp's fascinating book is the first to study their history in depth. It is full of vivid detail, and shows clearly how relevant they were to almost every aspect of life, social, intellectual, religious, political. As well as being a powerful force in revolutionary times, they played a central part in spreading scientific progress and medical learning, and in the development of popular journalism and printing.

Contents:

Preface

  1. Introduction
  2. The Development of the Almanac: Astrology and the Popular Press
  3. Almanacs and Politics
  4. Society
  5. Almanacs and Religion
    1. The controversy over astrology
    2. Religious teaching
    3. Religious polemic
    4. The Apocalypse
  6. Astrology, Science and Medicine
    1. The reform of astrology
    2. Astronomy and applied science
    3. Medicine and magic
  7. History and Literature
    1. History
    2. Language and literature
  8. The Eighteenth Century
  9. Conclusion