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Religio Medici Hardcover – 2 Jan 1955


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  • Hardcover: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (2 Jan 1955)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521043492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521043496
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,705,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As a self-portrait of a mind and soul and a prominent landmark in the history of ideas, Religio Medici proved a document of inexhaustible interest and persisting value; and ever since its first publication in 1642 it has exerted a powerful influence on its readers.

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Sir Thomas Browne wrote Religio Medici (the Religion of a Doctor) as he approached his thirtieth birthday. His profession was physician, his extensive interests ranged from angels to ossuaries and almost every aspect of life, death and eternity fascinated him. I would say, however, that he was essentially a Christian mystic, and as the title implies, this resplendent book chronicles his many religious positions directly, and in doing so, covers much else besides, encompassing the everyday and the esoteric.

After the short while taken to adjust to its peculiarity, I was spellbound by Browne's writing. Often I had to read a passage a few times to get the sense and it is probable that another reader would interpret the words entirely differently; it is one of the gifts of Browne's style that each reader has the privilege of interpreting his unusual sentences. If this sounds arduous, I stress that it is not, and that some of the most pleasurable reading I've experienced was whilst facing these pages. You will reread many more sentences and paragraphs several times over simply because they are so sublime, interesting, evocative, or profound. I'm happy to betray that I have been moved to tears a few times by portions of the book. He mentions things in passing which I have gone on to ponder for great lengths of time or had never yet considered (e.g. he throws away a line about how every one of us is at least a few months older than we bethink). He is capable of crystallising concerns we all share but could never hope to articulate.

Much like Milton, Browne is representative of the literary culmination of Humanism (in the proper and not the risible modern sense). It is expectable that Browne would quote frequently from the classical greats (especially considering his library!
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By T. Ansell on 2 Jan 2013
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Quite heavy going in places but worth the information just going into your sub-conscious, the book was slightly tatty and old but i think it gave it an authentic look.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Good Words on 15 Aug 2008
Format: Paperback
The Religio Medici is Browne's spiritual testament as well as being an early psychological self-portrait. In Virginia Woolf's opinion, Religio Medici was the precursor of all future confessional writing, memoirs and autobiographies. Its rediscovery by the Romantics spawned much of what we think of as Romantic and confessional writing. The quirky elegance of its prose is unrivalled-- man was "a great and true amphibian whose nature is disposed to live not only like other creatures in divers elements but in divided and distinguished worlds."
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By ailibren on 10 Nov 2014
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