Paradigms and Authority in Early Medieval Astronomy

How did early medieval writers who engaged with “science” deal with issues of authority? Last week I wrote a post about how the early medieval Church[1] did not “suppress” efforts to understand the natural world in rationalised ways. Religion did not mean that people thought everything was structured by mystery magic. This week Jo Edge… Continue reading Paradigms and Authority in Early Medieval Astronomy

The “Dark Ages” Didn’t “Suppress Science”

It is commonly stated that science was “suppressed” in the Middle Ages by the Church. By later standards, there were definitely few giant leaps in technology or theory. The explanation often given is that science was too problematic for an age of faith, as it raised uncomfortable questions about Creation, miracles, and cosmology in general.… Continue reading The “Dark Ages” Didn’t “Suppress Science”

Merovingian Mechanics: A Playbook

In an age of oddly-chosen historical comparisons, this week the Merovingians turned up in Brexitland! Kate Maltby, writing in the Guardian about forcing a general election, commented: “Take your pick of the Merovingian mechanics by which we get there – a no-confidence vote, parliament blocking no deal – an election is coming.” Merovingian Gaul, famous… Continue reading Merovingian Mechanics: A Playbook