"Misfit" wrote:OK, bumping the thread for another round of questions. I know astrology's been around for a year or two, but would it have been openly practiced, discussed and fortunes told in the court of Richard II without fear of censure from the church?
Yes, it would have. As anybody studying Medieval Christianity can see, the parts of scripture that were 'in' were overpracticed, and the parts that were 'out' simply ignored. Astrology was 'in'. Witchcraft was 'out'.
Astrology was considered a science -- hence the 'ology' -- 'study of' after the astro part. When Galileo's telescope actually began the infant science of studying the stars, they had to call it 'star-naming', or astronomy, because 'star-study' was already taken and had a distinctly non-scientific meaning.
Every royal court had its official astrologer, and most of the great households did too. That's true all across Europe, in the Muslim-controlled nations, and China.