Galileo in a nutshell


Galileo Galilei, a young man 23 years old in Galileo’s Revenge, went on to become the most famous astronomer and scientist of his day.

His use of the newly discovered telescope to explore the Heavens made him famous, but also led him to clash with the Roman Inquisition.


Fynes Moryson, 3: Where to stay and what to eat in Padua

Fynes Moryson (1566-1630) needed to find board and lodging for the winter. The young English gentleman, a near contemporary of Galileo (and Shakespeare), had left England on Mayday, 1591. (See my first Fynes Moryson blog, A rough guide to Shakespeare’s Europe.) After two years of travel around northern Europe, he had crossed the Alps into Italy on Hallow’een, 1593, and headed straight for the Venetian university city of Padua.

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