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'Chaucer and Astronomy'

'Chaucer and Astronomy'

There was a fascinating example of cross-curricular scholarly cooperation between the English and Physics Departments on the evening of Thursday, February 4th – when the ‘Literary Society’ held a talk on ‘Chaucer and Astronomy’ in the Science Lecture Theatre.

Head of Science, KAM and ARR, representing the English Department, spoke together about the Night Sky in Chaucer’s times, the 1380s, and the astonishing accuracy of his many references to the sun, moon and constellations in ‘The Canterbury Tales’: using the website www.stellarium.com to recreate the Fourteenth Century skies as a backdrop. They also outlined the many uses of the Astrolabe (pictured above), the main instrument for measuring the stars and skies, at this time.

All in all, this proved an original, highly-stimulating insight into Chaucer’s great work.

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