Nicholaus Copernicus
Historical Figure
Nationality: Poland
Date of Birth: 1473
Date of Death: 1543
Cause of Death: Stroke
Religion: Catholicism
Occupation: Astronomer, Mathematician, Author of Non-Fiction, Clergyman
Fictional Appearances:
"But It Does Move"
POD: c. 1633 (?)
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Ruled Britannia
POD: July-August, 1588
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference

Nicolaus Copernicus (19 February 1473 – 24 May 1543) was a Polish astronomer. His major contribution to the field was De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium, in which he laid out his proof that the Earth and other planets revolved around the Sun.

Nicolaus Copernicus in "But It Does Move"[]

Some eighty years after his death, Nicolaus Copernicus's helio-centric doctrine was championed by Galileo Galilei. Unfortunately, Galileo ran afoul of the Catholic Church, and was ultimately forced to recant, as the Church believed the Copernican view to be heretical.

Nicolaus Copernicus in Ruled Britannia[]

During Nicolaus Copernicus' life, his findings intrigued many in the Catholic Church hierarchy, but in the decades after his death the Church became less open to the theory. By 1597, the English Inquisition was actively suppressing heliocentrism in England, as were similar bodies in other Catholic countries.

Richard Burbage openly referenced Copernicus' theory during a rehearsal. When William Shakespeare pleaded for Burbage to take care with his words, and reminded Burbage of the Church's position, Burbage dismissed the Church's position, much to Shakespeare's discomfort.[1]

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  1. Ruled Britannia, pg. 42.