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Seeking Remedies For Great Danger: Contemporary Appraisals Of Roger Bacon’s Expertise

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The English antiquarian, John Leland, once wrote that it would be "easier to collect all the leaves of the Sibyls" than all the manuscripts containing works by Roger Bacon. This chapter re-examines the extant references to Bacon by name, and proposes that he may have been admired by at least some of his contemporaries for precisely the qualities that-amid the alien values of modernity-we have assumed caused him to stand in some disrepute. It suggests that he was appreciated for his intense zeal for reform, which required harsh criticism of his society, and his detailed knowledge of methods for employing the "power of wisdom" in the service of the Church.

Keywords: Church; Roger Bacon



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