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  title={The Writing in the Wittenberg Sky: Astrology in Sixteenth-Century Germany},
  author={Claudia Ruth Brosseder},
  journal={Journal of the History of Ideas},
  pages={557 - 576}
  • C. Brosseder
  • Published 20 December 2005
  • Art
  • Journal of the History of Ideas
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