The Astronomer

The Astronomer

Book - 2010
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1534, Paris. A student at the Catholic Coll#65533;ge de Montaigu, serving as a courier for the Inquisition, is murdered by members of an extreme Lutheran sect for the packet of letters he is carrying. His friend and fellow classmate Amaury de Faverges--the illegitimate son of the Duke of Savoy and an expert in astronomy and natural science--is recruited as his replacement and promised a decree of legitimacy if he can uncover the secret that threatens to overturn Catholicism and the reign of Fran#65533;ois I.

Working undercover, Amaury journeys south to the liberal court of the king's sister, Marguerite of Navarre, the alleged heart of the conspiracy. The deeper he probes, the more Amaury is forced to confront his own religious doubts; and when he discovers a copy of Copernicus's shocking manuscript showing the sun at the center of the universe, he knows the path he must follow.

Replete with characters and events from history--from the iconoclastic Rabelais to the burning of heretics in Paris to preacher John Calvin and Copernicus himself-- The Astronomer is a powerful novel of love and betrayal, and a thrilling portrait of what might well have happened at a hinge point in history when science and ancient religious belief collided.

Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., 2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780802719867
Branch Call Number: Suspense F Gol


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Jan 04, 2016

The Catholic Church is threatened, on the one hand, by the calls by 'heretic' Martin Luther for reform, and on the other hand, by new ideas of science that question its fundamental beliefs. When a French cleric learns of a plot by the Inquisition to assassinate the Polish astronomer Copernicus a cat-and-mouse chase starts across Europe. While it is often hard to tell who is the "good guy" and the "bad guy", this page-turner tale is an entertaining read.

Mar 13, 2013

A rollicking yarn set in 16th century France. The historical background appears to be authentic and well researched. A good read!


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