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sectitle-featuresNPG 6113; Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia by Robert Peake the Elder

A tragic romance, a lost kingdom, an audacious hoax, the history of Elizabeth Stuart, The Bohemian Spring and The Rosicrucian Enlightenment may sound like a fairy tale but it set forces in motion that still shape our world today.

In November 1572 in the constellation Cassiopeia a supernova glowed for sixteen months.  Five years later the Great Comet was visible throughout Europe and enthusiasts speculated that it foretold the end of the world, or the beginning of a new era.  In 1596 and 1602 less spectacular comets appeared in the night sky.  In 1603 Saturn conjunct Jupiter and a nova in the constellation Serpentario added to the excitement of star watchers.  1606 brought a double comet.  Astrologers interpreted these celestial events as signs of a worldwide reformation.  While Jesuits schemed to regain control of Germany, the Netherlands, and England, dreams of a world without a pope preoccupied Protestant visionaries.


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