Astrology and Politics in Seventeenth-Century England: King James II and the Almanac Men

Burns, William E.
October 2005
Seventeenth Century;Autumn2005, Vol. 20 Issue 2, p242
Academic Journal
The reign of James II saw an attempt to suppress political astrology that England's leading astrologers reacted to in strikingly different ways. Richard Saunder abandoned predictive astrology altogether, producing the first anti-astrological almanac. John Gadbury became the foremost astrological advocate of the new regime, eventually openly proclaiming his Catholicism. Unlike the better-known Catholic controversialists of the reign, Gadbury shied away from theological arguments, instead proclaiming the cultural superiority of Catholicism. John Partridge, who fled the country, became an ardent opponent of the regime. The feud between Gadbury and Partridge, who eventually returned with William of Orange's expedition, dominated English astrology into the 1690s.


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