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Inside the Stargazer's Palace

The Transformation of Science in 16th-Century Northern Europe

Published by Oneworld Publications
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

Enter the mysterious world of sixteenth-century science, where astronomers and alchemists shared laboratories...

'There is magic in these pages.' Daisy Dunn, author of The Missing Thread

In 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus declared the earth revolved around the Sun, overturning centuries of scholastic presumption. A new age was coming into view – one guided by observation, technology and logic.

But omens and elixirs did not disappear from the sixteenth-century laboratory. Charms and potions could still be found nestled between glistening brass instruments and leather-bound tomes. The line between the natural and supernatural remained porous, yet to be defined.

From the icy Danish observatory of Tycho Brahe, to the smoky, sulphur-stained workshop of John Dee, Violet Moller tours the intellectual heart of early European science. Exploring its rich, multidisciplinary culture, Inside the Stargazer’s Palace reveals a dazzling forgotten world, where all knowledge, no matter how arcane, could be pursued in good faith.

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'In this fascinating study of the early scientific revolution, when experimental thought was beginning to emerge from Medieval scholasticism, Violet Moller brings to life the trailblazers of this new age.' Paul Strathern, author of The Other Renaissance

'Inside the Stargazer's Palace plunges us into an irresistible network of touchy scientists, unpredictable patrons and religious controversy in the sixteenth century, antechamber of the modern world. Violet Moller is an assured and expert guide to this world, writing with a light touch and an infectious love of her subject.' Christopher de Bellaigue, author of The Lion House

Inside the Stargazer’s Palace takes the reader to places they are unlikely to have visited and to figures they are unlikely to know… Violet Moller brings the world to life vividly and with style.’ Nicholas Spencer, author Magisteria

About The Author

Violet Moller is a critically acclaimed and award-winning historian, who has written four previous books, including The Map of Knowledge. She presents the Travels Through Time podcast, one of the Guardian’s five best podcasts for the curious-minded and lives in Oxford.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (June 13, 2024)
  • Length: 304 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780861547531

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Raves and Reviews

'A scintillating journey into a world where discoveries rip through doctrine like meteors. There is magic in these pages.' —Daisy Dunn, author of The Missing Thread

'In this fascinating study of the early scientific revolution, when experimental thought was beginning to emerge from Medieval scholasticism, Violet Moller brings to life the trailblazers of this new age.' —Paul Strathern, author of The Other Renaissance

'Moller continues the story of science’s spread, shifting her lens northward and tightening her frame to the 16th century... It’s an appealing method: follow the stories of the people, but imagine visiting the places, which are handsomely evoked... [a] pacy narrative... By the end, I wanted to visit all these places.' —Spectator

‘In her lucid account of this transformative age, the historian and podcaster Violet Moller shows how the two strands – the practical and the hermetic and magical – interacted and informed one another.’ —New Statesman

'Inside the Stargazer's Palace plunges us into an irresistible network of touchy scientists, unpredictable patrons and religious controversy in the sixteenth century, antechamber of the modern world. Violet Moller is an assured and expert guide to this world, writing with a light touch and an infectious love of her subject.' —Christopher de Bellaigue, author of The Lion House

Inside the Stargazer’s Palace takes the reader to places they are unlikely to have visited and to figures they are unlikely to know… Violet Moller brings the world to life vividly and with style.’ —Nicholas Spencer, author Magisteria

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