[PDF Notes] Short notes on the breakdown of medieval ideas

The new astronomers exploded the Cosmology of Aristotle and Ptolemy. The earth no longer I remained the centre of the universe: the sun was no longer supposed to move round it, but it was shown that it was the earth which moved round the sun. Thus Man’s faith in his own importance and that of his planet was shaken.

The invasion of the old Cosmology by the New Philosophy brought a sense of disorder, dissolution and decay of the Cosmos. This sense of disorder and decay is the subject of the works of many writers. Puritan age was an age of transition in which the old order collided with the new, and writer like Donne were virtually suspended between two worlds, the Old World of Decay, and the New World of progress.

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