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ANECDOTES

OF

DISTINGUISHED PERSONS.

v

BRITISH.

EDWARD THE FIRST.
[1272—1307.]

ROGER BACON.

This acute and learned Franciscan Monk was, according to Mr. Selden, of a gentleman's family in Dorsetshire, and was born in 1214. He began his studies very early at Oxford, and then went to Paris, where he pursued mathematics and physic; and, as Mr. Selden relates, was made Professor of Divinity in the University of that city. He returned to Oxford soon afterwards, and applied himself to the learned lanVol. 1. B guages,

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