Horoscope of Philip II

Horoscope of Philip II – Ediciones Grial – Real Biblioteca del Monasterio (San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain)

Royal Monastery of El Escorial, San Lorenzo of El Escorial (Spain) β€” 1549

Detailed insight into the character of one of the richest, most powerful, and most influential kings in European history: the personal horoscope of Philip II of Spain, created by his court astrologist MatΓ­as Haco

  1. Astrology was very popular during the Renaissance, even appealing to a devout man like King Philip II of Spain (1527–98)

  2. MatΓ­as Haco, Philip’s court astrologist made him personal horoscope and published it in 1549

  3. These predictions are astonishingly confirmed by details of the King’s biography, defying our modern sensibilities

Horoscope of Philip II

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Horoscope of Philip II

Astrology was all the rage both in the Middle Ages and during the Renaissance. The calendar pages of books of hours from this period typically contained a mixture of zodiac signs, constellations, and other mythical symbols in addition to the labours of the month. Elaborate manuscripts were created to aid in fortune telling, some of the most popular parlor games were based on astrology, and princes consulted court astrologers as a matter of course to make decisions and assure themselves of their power. Even a devout ruler like King Philip II of Spain (1527–98) did not feel that his piety precluded having a horoscope made for himself. His court astrologer MatΓ­as Haco created this intriguing and very personal manuscript full of astrological charts and tables in 1549, and his divinations and astrological interpretations still give us today a unique insight into the personality of one of the richest and most influential kings in European history.

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Alternative Titles
El horóscopo de Felipe II
Horoskop Philipps II.
Matthiae Haci Suimbergii medicinae doctoris et mathematici Pronosticon seu Genethliacon Philippi II Hispaniarum Principis
Size / Format
142 pages / 20.5 Γ— 15.5 cm
Origin
Spain
Date
1549
Language
Illustrations
Several astrological diagrams, drawings and charts
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Horoscope of Philip II – Ediciones Grial – Real Biblioteca del Monasterio (San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain)
Ediciones Grial – Valencia, 1995
Limited Edition: 980 copies
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#1 El horóscopo de Felipe II

Ediciones Grial – Valencia, 1995

Publisher: Ediciones Grial – Valencia, 1995
Limited Edition: 980 copies
Binding: Half leather binding. Facsimile and commentary volume come in a protective case.
Commentary: 1 volume by Demetrio Santos
Language: Spanish
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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