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Published: 22 February 2018

378 Pages | 30 black and white images


ISBN: 9780198799559

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Scandalous Error

Calendar Reform and Calendrical Astronomy in Medieval Europe

C. Philipp E. Nothaft

  • The first comprehensive study of the medieval literature devoted to the calendar problem and its cultural and scientific contexts
  • Challenges the notion that time-keeping wasn't formally considered until the early-modern introduction of the Gregorian calendar
  • Covers a period of more than 1600 years, from the introduction of the Julian calendar in 46/45 BC to the Gregorian calendar reform of 1582
  • Draws on a broad range of sources, many of them previously unknown or unpublished, in an effort to shed substantial new light on the place of astronomy in medieval intellectual culture