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Astrology and Human Variation in Early Modern England

Dawson, Mark


Processes for the identification of criminal suspects tell us a great deal about wider cultural assumptions and social prejudices regarding somatic difference; its causes, relative degree, and consequence. If early modern Europeans had something approaching a forensic science, it was astrology, which has recently garnered renewed attention from historians of ideas. Rather than assume astrology's seventeenth-century decline in the face of revolutionary natural philosophy, what follows suggests...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: The Historical Journal
DOI: 10.1017/S0018246X12000374


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