Book ID: CBB001550787

Sir Thomas Browne: A Life (2013)


Barbour, Reid (Author)

Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 2013
Physical Details: xiv + 534 pp.; ill.
Language: English

Sir Thomas Browne: A Life is the first full-scale biography of the extraordinary prose artist, physician, and polymath. With the help of recent archival discoveries, the biography recasts each phase of Browne's life (1605-82) and situates his incomparable writings within the diverse intellectual and social contexts in which he lived, including London, Winchester, Oxford, Montpellier, Padua, Leiden, Halifax, and Norwich. The book makes the case that, as his contemporaries fervently believed, Browne influenced the intellectual and religious direction of seventeenth-century England in singularly rich and dynamic ways. Special attention is paid in the biography to Browne's medical vocation but also to his place within the scientific revolution. New information is offered regarding his childhood in London, his European travels and medical studies, the setting in which he first wrote Religio Medici, his impact on readers during the English civil wars, and the contemporary view of his medical practice. Overall, the image of Browne that emerges is far bolder and more cosmopolitan, less complacent and provincial, than biographers have assumed ever since Samuel Johnson doubted Browne's claim that his life up to age thirty resembled a romantic fiction filled with miracles and fables.

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Authors & Contributors
Barry, Jonathan
Roberta Mullini
Soffici, Manila
Christopher J. Duffin
Neuss, Michael James
McVaugh, Michael Rogers
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Science in Context
Renaissance Studies
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Journal of Medical Biography
University of Rochester Press
Peter Lang
Office for Official Publications of the European Communities
Lexington Books
L'Erma di Bretschneider
Physicians; doctors
Medicine and politics
Medicine and society
Hodges, Nathaniel
Harvey, William
Willis, Thomas
Salisbury, Robet Cecil, Earl of
Mayerne, Theodore Turquet de
Locke, John
Time Periods
17th century
18th century
16th century
Early modern
19th century
London (England)
Great Britain
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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