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Daniel of Morley

(c. 1140—1215) philosophical writer


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Rector of Flitcham in Norfolk, known for a single work, the Philosophia (or Liber de naturis inferiorum et superiorum), a cosmology which he claims is based on the information given to him by a Mozarab in Toledo called Galippus. It includes quotations from texts translated from Arabic, but also echoes the works of his compatriot, Adelard of Bath. He dedicated the work to John of Oxford, bishop of Norwich between 1175 and 1200, and the ‘precious multitude of books’ that he brought back from Toledo may have contributed to the intellectual life of the University of Oxford in its early days.

From The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).


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