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11 Almanacs and prognostications Strictly speaking, the almanac comprised
three quite separate items.1 There was the Almanac proper, which indicated the
astronomical events of the coming year, eclipses, conjunctions and movable
Yet even without a prognostication, the almanac provided a guide to daily action.
It indicated astrologically favourable days for blood-letting, purging and bathing;
and it showed right and wrong times for engaging in most kinds of agricultural ...
'that maketh not great account of his almanac to observe both days, times and
seasons, to follow his affairs for his best profit and use ?'1 In 1561 Francis Coxe
complained of the common people that 'scant would they ride or go any journey ...
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The Magic of the Medieval Church
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