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Early Life And Letters, 1639–1663

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Martin Lister was born in Radclive, a "small village perched on a cliff of reddish soil that overlooks the River Ouse. The Bishop's copy of the Radclive parish register indicates his parents, Sir Martin and Susanna Lister, had Martin and four other of his siblings baptized at the small church of St John the Evangelist. Martin Lister was born into a distinguished medical family connected to high office and royalty. Because of the Listers' connections and wealth, Martin received the interdisciplinary education of a gentleman largely under the guidance of his great-uncle Matthew, a royal physician. As a reward for the loyalty Matthew showed to the Stuarts, Martin received a fellowship by royal mandate at St John's College, Cambridge. This chapter will elucidate familial and political connections as well as analyze the intellectual context that developed Lister's character and his work as a naturalist, physician, and virtuoso.

Keywords: Life; Martin Lister; medical family; naturalist; physician; political connections; royalty; virtuoso



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