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Gurzil Dispels the Darkness

Subject: Religion

(Libya) Gurzil, the sun god, was worshiped among the Huwwara of Tripolitania well into the eleventh century, long after the Arab conquest. This deity was a protector, a guide, ...

Vigenère, Blaise de

Vigenère, Blaise de (1523–96)   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)
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138 words

... he published his Traité des chiffres , a seminal work in which he presented ciphers so secure that many were not deciphered until the nineteenth century. In 1587 he published his Traité des comètes , in which he described comets as entirely natural phenomena and attempted to dispel the porpular belief that the appearance of a comet portended the death of a...

Catherine de Médicis

Catherine de Médicis (1519–89)   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)
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408 words

..., and on his death on 10 July 1559 their eldest son assumed the throne as King Francis II . When Francis died on 5 December 1560 , he was succeeded by Catherine's second son Charles IX , who was then 10 years old, and Catherine became regent of France. Catherine sought to dispel the rising tensions between Catholic and Protestant factions by sponsoring the Colloquy of Poissy (September– October 1555 ) and issuing the January Edict ( January 1562 ), which allowed Huguenots to worship freely outside towns and in private houses within towns. The first...

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