Thomas Linacre

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Thomas Linacre
BirthplaceBrampton, Chesterfield, in Derbyshire
humanist scholar, physician

Linacre or Lynaker, Thomas

(both: lĭ`nəkər), 1460?–1524, English humanist and physician. He took the degree of doctor of medicine at the Univ. of Padua, returned to England c.1492, and became tutor to Prince Arthur and later physician to Henry VIII. He was interested in the humanistic revival, wrote a Latin grammar (c.1523) for Princess Mary (then a child), and included among his pupils Desiderius Erasmus and Sir Thomas More. Linacre translated many of Aristotle's and Galen's works into Latin and founded readerships in medicine at Oxford and Cambridge. He was the founder and first president of the Royal College of Physicians.


See biography by Sir William Osler (1908).

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De emendata structura Latini sermonis: The Latin Grammar of Thomas Linacre.
In Essays on the Life and Work of Thomas Linacre, ed.
Thomson, "Linacre's Latin Grammars," in Essays on the Life and Work of Thomas Linacre, ed.
See more in Kristian Jensen, "De emendata structura Latini sermonis: The Latin Grammar of Thomas Linacre," Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 49 (1986): 106-125.
Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, brother of Henry V; two Oxford chancellors, Thomas Chaundler and George Neville; Thomas Linacre the physician, who was Thomas More's Greek teacher; and John Colet are among those discussed.
The letter thus becomes a space for play, a place for verbal fencing among two humanists who wish to show their learning and/or who want to avoid being understood by others or even by their correspondent:(38) Erasmus boasts of having written to Thomas Linacre a letter in trochaic tetrameters, thus in verse, a fact which Linacre did not perceive.
More, Bacon, Cavendish, and Mather did so, often borrowing directly from the religious and medical knowledge of the time: More was a close friend of Thomas Linacre, the Royal Physician and founder of the Royal College of Physicians; Bacon had advocated a new kind of science based on the sharing of scientific knowledge and practice; Cavendish had written a scientific treatise worthy enough to gain her entrance to the newly-formed, all-male Royal Society of London; by the end of his life, Cotton Mather had so impressed the Royal Society of London with his observations and texts that they granted him membership--the only American minister admitted.
5) What medical knowledge More possessed prior to the 1515 writing of Utopia can be largely ascribed to his eleven-year friendship with Thomas Linacre.