This is a remarkable book, a brave and enthusiastic attempt to rekindle interest in and rehabilitate the so-called Hven Chronicle, a short Danish prose narrative dating from 1603, which as long ago as 1889 Wolfgang Golther dismissed as 'ein danisches gelehrtes Machwerk'.
Beyond that, however--and this is surely the most controversial claim in his book--Andersen believes the whole work is a satire on the famous astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546-1601), who built Uraniborg Castle and his observatory Stjerneborg on Hven, holding the island as a fief for twenty-one years (from 1576 to 1597), exactly the same length of time that elapsed between Kremild's marriage to Siegfried at Worms and her death on Hven (p.
Indeed Brahe visited Kassel in 1575, just before founding his own observatory on the island of Hven, and may have derived the design of some of his own instruments from those he saw in use there.
Granada provocatively suggests that the rivalry between Kassel and Hven made Rothmann's visit tantamount to espionage, although another factor may have been Rothmann's medical needs.
What, if anything, is left of Tycho's Stjerneborg on the island of Hven
? Of Galileo's telescopes?
The buildings on Tycho's island of Hven
This component will finance: 1) training of the staff of the High Voltage Electric Networks (HVEN
) to strengthen their capacity in technical supervision, planning, procurement, financial management and project management; 2) computer software for transmission network system planning and analysis; 3) project implementation support, including supervision of field works; and 4) incremental operating costs of the HVEN
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Like Prospero, Tycho also surrendered his ancestral estate to a younger brother before relocating, with his renowned library, to Hven
. But Tycho did more than read on the island.
He established Uraniborg, Europe's first national observatory, on the Baltic island of Hven
in 1576 with support from Frederick II, the Danish king.
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to strengthen its capacity in operation and maintenance of power transmission network assets.
The capacity of the High Voltage Electric Networks (HVEN
), which remains the implementing agency for this operation, has been strengthened under the ongoing project, said Arthur Kochnakyan, World Bank Task Team Leader of the Project.