Sir Thomas Browne: Religio medici

Scope and Content

A contemporary manuscript translation into Latin of Thomas Browne's Religio medici, written in France.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682), physician and author, was born in London on 19 October 1605, and attended Winchester College and Broadgates Hall, Oxford (B.A., 1626; M.A., 1629). He practised medicine in Oxfordshire before studying at Montpellier and Padua. He graduated M.D. at Leyden in 1633, and practised thereafter in Norwich. He was knighted in 1671. Browne's treatise, Religio medici, was published in 1642, and translated subsequently on the continent. Browne died at his home in Norwich on 19 October 1682.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Received from the library of Sir Geoffrey Keynes, 1982


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Sir Thomas Browne in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, vol. III (London, 1908), pp. 64-72.

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Cambridge University Library holds the commonplace book of Elizabeth Lyttelton, MS.Add.8460, containing pieces by and relating to her father, Sir Thomas Browne.


The collection is no. 1276 in Sir Geoffrey Keynes, Bibliotheca bibliographici (London, 1964), p. 131.