Resources for Remembering Robert Grosseteste on his Feast Day

A guest blog by Rev. Dr David Thomson, Bishop of Huntingdon…


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October 9th is the Feast Day of a medieval Bishop who also has a serious claim to be the first “real physicist”, Robert Grosseteste, who was Bishop of Lincoln from 1235 to 1253. He was born at Stradbroke in Suffolk circa 1175 and his early education and clerical service were in Hereford where Bishop William de Vere was encouraging the newly transmitted Aristotelian scientific learning from the Arabic world to take root, extending the study of the liberal arts to include physics observational astronomy.

After de Vere’s death Grosseteste moved to a benefice in Lincoln diocese, and used this as a base from which to study and then teach at Oxford which was then within the bounds of that huge diocese (and probably at Paris too). At Oxford his main work was to teach the Franciscan friars who were studying there (he taught Roger Bacon), and it is possible that…

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