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Author : Stéphane Gerson
ISBN : 9781250017567
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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We all know the name Nostradamus, but who was he really? Why did his predictions become so influential in Renaissance Europe and then keep resurfacing for nearly five centuries? And what does Nostradamus's endurance in the West say about us and our own world? In Nostradamus: How an Obscure Renaissance Astrologer Became the Modern Prophet of Doom, historian Stéphane Gerson takes readers on a journey back in time to explore the life and afterlife of Michel de Nostredame, the astrologer whose Prophecies have been interpreted, adopted by successive media, and eventually transformed into the Gospel of Doom for the modern age. Whenever we seem to enter a new era, whenever the premises of our worldview are questioned or imperiled, Nostradamus offers certainty and solace. In 1666, guests at posh English dinner parties discussed his quatrain about the Great Fire of London. In 1942, the Jewish writer Irène Némirovsky latched her hopes for survival to Nostradamus' prediction that the war would soon end. And on September 12, 2001, teenagers proclaimed on the streets of Brooklyn that "this guy, Nostradamus" had seen the 9/11 attacks coming. Through prodigious research in European and American archives, Gerson shows that Nostradamus — a creature of the modern West rather than a vestige from some antediluvian era — tells us more about our past and our present than about our future. In chronicling the life of this mystifying figure and the lasting fascination with his predictions, Gerson's book becomes a historical biography of a belief: the faith that we can know tomorrow and master our anxieties through the powers of an extraordinary but ever more elusive seer.

The Prophecies

Author : Nostradamus
ISBN : 9781101588864
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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The first major literary presentation of Nostradamus's Prophecies, newly translated and edited by prizewinning scholars The mysterious quatrains of the sixteenth-century French astrologer Nostradamus have long proved captivating for their predictions. Nostradamus has been credited with anticipating the Great Fire of London, the rise of Adolf Hitler, and the September 11 terrorist attacks. Today, as the world grapples with financial meltdowns, global terrorism, and environmental disasters—as well as the Mayan prediction of the apocalypse on December 21, 2012—his prophecies of doom have assumed heightened relevance. How has The Prophecies outlasted most books from the Renaissance? This edition considers its legacy in terms of the poetics of the quatrains, published here in a brilliant new translation and with introductory material and notes mapping the cultural, political, and historical forces that resonate throughout Nostradamus's epic, giving it its visionary power. From the Hardcover edition.

The Pride Of Place

Author : Stéphane Gerson
ISBN : 0801488737
Genre : History
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Nineteenth-century France grew fascinated with the local past and thousands of citizens embraced local archaeology, staged historical pageants and created museums. The author provides a cultural and political history of this 'cult of local memories'.

Disaster Falls

Author : Stephane Gerson
ISBN : 9781101906705
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A haunting chronicle of what endures when the world we know is swept away On a day like any other, on a rafting trip down Utah’s Green River, Stéphane Gerson’s eight-year-old son, Owen, drowned in a spot known as Disaster Falls. That night, as darkness fell, Stéphane huddled in a tent with his wife, Alison, and their older son, Julian, trying to understand what seemed inconceivable. “It’s just the three of us now,” Alison said over the sounds of a light rain and, nearby, the rushing river. “We cannot do it alone. We have to stick together.” Disaster Falls chronicles the aftermath of that day and their shared determination to stay true to Alison’s resolution. At the heart of the book is an unflinching portrait of a marriage tested. Husband and wife grieve in radically different ways that threaten to isolate each of them in their post-Owen worlds. (“He feels so far,” Stéphane says when Alison shows him a selfie Owen had taken. “He feels so close,” she says.) With beautiful specificity, Stéphane shows how they resist that isolation and reconfigure their marriage from within. As Stéphane navigates his grief, the memoir expands to explore how society reacts to the death of a child. He depicts the “good death” of his father, which reveals an altogther different perspective on mortality. He excavates the history of the Green River—rife with hazards not mentioned in the rafting company’s brochures. He explores how stories can both memorialize and obscure a person’s life—and how they can rescue us. Disaster Falls is a powerful account of a life cleaved in two—raw, truthful, and unexpectedly consoling.

Short Studies On Great Subjects

Author : James Anthony Froude
ISBN : 9781410218001
Genre : Literary Collections
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CONTENTS:The Science of HistoryTimes of Erasmus and LutherThe Influence of the Reformation on the Scottish CharacterThe Philosophy of CatholicismA Plea for the Free Discussion of Theological DifficultiesCriticism and the Gospel HistoryThe Book of JobSpinozaThe Dissolution of the MonasteriesEngland?s Forgotten WorthiesHomerThe Lives of the SaintsRepresentative MenReynard the FoxThe Cat?s PilgrimageFablesParable of the Bread-Fruit TreeCompensation

Cardano S Cosmos

Author : Anthony Grafton
ISBN : 0674095553
Genre : History
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Girolamo Cardano was an Italian doctor, natural philosopher, and mathematician who became a best-selling author in Renaissance Europe. He was also a leading astrologer of his day, whose predictions won him access to some of the most powerful people in sixteenth-century Europe. In Cardano's Cosmos, Anthony Grafton invites readers to follow this astrologer's extraordinary career and explore the art and discipline of astrology in the hands of a brilliant practitioner. Renaissance astrologers predicted everything from the course of the future of humankind to the risks of a single investment, or even the weather. They analyzed the bodies and characters of countless clients, from rulers to criminals, and enjoyed widespread respect and patronage. This book traces Cardano's contentious career from his first astrological pamphlet through his rise to high-level consulting and his remarkable autobiographical works. Delving into astrological principles and practices, Grafton shows how Cardano and his contemporaries adapted the ancient art for publication and marketing in a new era of print media and changing science. He maps the context of market and human forces that shaped Cardano's practices--and the maneuvering that kept him at the top of a world rife with patronage, politics, and vengeful rivals. Cardano's astrology, argues Grafton, was a profoundly empirical and highly influential art, one that was integral to the attempts of sixteenth-century scholars to understand their universe and themselves.

Renaissance Impostors And Proofs Of Identity

Author : Miriam Eliav-Feldon
ISBN : 9780230547063
Genre : History
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Early Modern Europe was an "Age of Impostors". Religious dissimulation was rife not only in Iberia with its crypto-Jews and crypto-Muslims, but also, following the Reformation, wherever non-conformists had to conceal their beliefs. Geographical expansion offered various opportunities for forging new identities 6 as envoys of imaginary princes or as cross-dressers living for years as members of the opposite sex. Satan was believed to be turning old ladies into his minions. Vagrants transformed themselves into the "deserving poor". Gypsies travelled under various false pretences. All these identity deceptions increased manifold the authorities' fear that things were not what they seemed, and sparked a frantic search for reliable means of identification. Offenders of all kinds were branded; sumptuary legislation was intended to create a clearly visible social hierarchy; and vast bureaucratic machineries were erected to investigate identities, issue licenses and control movement.

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