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Fynes Moryson arrives in Italy

Fynes Moryson (1566-1630) was a well-connected young gentleman from the East of England. In 1591 (as described in my earlier blog ‘Fynes Moryson’s Itinerary: A Rough Guide to Shakespeare’s Europe’) he left England to travel around Europe. For the next two and a half years he travelled through the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Prussia, Poland and…

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The Poisons of Ambroise Paré

Ambroise Paré (c.1510 – 90) was an innovative barber-surgeon, who became chief surgeon to the kings of France. His collected works, first published in 1582, discuss a wide range of surgical problems, including the treatment of hernia, ‘wounds made by Gunshot, [and] other fierie Engines’, amputations and cataracts. But Paré also discusses poisons. Galileo and…

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Galileo’s guru: Archimedes of Syracuse

Galileo was a huge admirer of the ancient Greek mathematician and engineer Archimedes of Syracuse (c.287-212BC). In his earliest published work, La bilancetta (1586), Galileo says that anyone ‘who has read and understood the very subtle inventions of this divine man in his own writings…

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Galileo in a Nutshell

Birth and family. Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa, Italy, on 16th February 1564. From an Anglo-centric point-of-view, that was the sixth year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. William Shakespeare was born a couple of months later, on or about 23rd April.

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