I study the history of science in Central Europe between the 14th and 16th centuries. In places like the Holy Roman Empire, Poland, Bohemia, Hungary, and Byzantium emperors, monarchs, and princes supported scholars who produced sophisticated scientific knowledge and complex, technical scientific instruments. Princes then deployed that knowledge and those instruments in their political and dynastic projects. My work begins to recover this fascinating world of science, politics, art, and culture.

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Astrology in the Holy Roman Empire

My book manuscript, The Astrologers of Maximilian I: Nature, Knowledge and Politics in the Holy Roman Empire is the first study to explore interactions between science and politics at the Holy Roman Court during Maximilian’s reign.

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Nikephorus Gregoras and Byzantine Expertise

Nikephorus Gregoras was one of the most important intellectuals of the late Byzantine period. He enjoyed access to the highest echelons of political power in Constantinople. While he is best known for his history of the Byzantine Empire, while at the imperial court he also composed a number of astronomical texts.

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A horoscope cast by Martin Bylica for Matthias Corvinus’s Coronation in 1464.

Science in Renaissance Hungary

Astrology and other sciences played a central role in fifteenth-century Hungary. The king, Matthias Corvinus, supported scholars whose scientific expertise improved his own image, elevated his status, and to solidified his position as a Renaissance monarch.

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