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A Confusion of Prophets [Hardcover]

Patrick Curry
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30 Sep 1992
From the 1830s, horoscopic astrology staged a comeback among the urban middle-classes in England. Part of the popular Victorian fascination with mesmerism, magic and the occult, astrology was particularly disturbing to the intellectual and moral authorities. This book examines the colourful mental and cultural underworld of men like "Raphael", "Zadkiel" and Alan Leo, who exploited and created this demand, and their patrons and clients. These included sensation-seeking aristocrats and people hungry for self-knowledge, but disillusioned with the orthodox religion and with the new scientific answers. Patrick Curry is the author of "Prophecy and Power: Astrology in Early Modern England".

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Collins & Brown; 1st Edition edition (30 Sep 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855851369
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855851368
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 685,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Brief but Burning Lives 11 Dec 2012
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I like Patrick Curry. He's one of the best writers on the history of astrology we have. And very readable, too. Each of the nineteenth-century astrologers he writes about in this book (a chapter on each) is a great character. You'll enjoy it, I'm sure.
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