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A Culture of Inquiry: Scientific Thought and its Transmission in the Severn Valley, c. 1090–c. 1150

BADER, KATHARINE,ALLAN (2022) A Culture of Inquiry: Scientific Thought and its Transmission in the Severn Valley, c. 1090–c. 1150. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

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The twelfth century saw the first appearances of translations of Arabic documents into Latin on astronomy and mathematics in England. This thesis will investigate individuals in the twelfth century Severn Valley interested in the new scientific texts: who owned them, how they got them, and how they used them. Specifically, case studies in the reception of the new sciences will be developed for William of Malmesbury, Walcher of Great Malvern, and John of Worcester. These scholars were chosen because sufficient material survives to illustrate a before-and-after picture in their work, reflecting varying reactions to the new knowledge. A regional study of audience reception of the new sciences has not yet been undertaken. The underlying considerations of this thesis are the intellectual and institutional pre-conditions that may have supported these intellectual endeavours in the Severn Valley and also may have been a draw for scholars in the new sciences, such as Petrus Alfonsi and Adelard of Bath, who sought patronage and employment in the area.

Item Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Award:Doctor of Philosophy
Keywords:History of Astronomy, William of Malmesbury, John of Worecester
Faculty and Department:Faculty of Arts and Humanities > History, Department of
Thesis Date:2022
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:22 Jun 2022 10:51

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