12 • Concluding Remarks
It was against a very complex confessional background that the Santo Antão mathematicians adopted the geo-heliocentric system put forward by Tycho Brahe. They incorporated Dane's astronomical and cosmological conceptions. Nevertheless, they strove to confine his influence to the realm of astronomy. In doing so, they never came to grant Tycho Brahe the absolute status of auctoritas. In an age of deep confessionalisation, philosophy remained in the realm of Catholic orthodoxy. This study demonstrates how the impact of confessionalisation reached well beyond the formal processes of science censorship.