Taylor, Henry Osborn

Taylor, Henry Osborn,

1856–1941, American historian and legal scholar, b. New York City. His lifework was the study of ancient and medieval civilizations. Among his books are Ancient Ideals (1896); his masterpiece, The Medieval Mind (1911); Thought and Expression in the Sixteenth Century (2d ed. 1930); and A Historian's Creed (1939).
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Taylor, Henry Osborn

(1856–1941) historian; born in New York City. He studied American history under Henry Adams at Harvard University (1874) and law at Columbia University and Leipzig; his Treatise on the Law of Private Corporations (1884) became a standard text. Turning from legal theory to the evolution of human ideals, his Mediaeval Mind (1911) was considered a classic of intellectual history. In later years he wrote primarily about philosophy.
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