Religio Medici and Urne-Buriall
Sir Thomas Browne is one of the supreme stylists of the English language: a coiner of words and spinner of phrases to rival Shakespeare; the wielder of a weird and wonderful erudition; an inquiring spirit in the mold of Montaigne. Browne was an inspiration to the Romantics as well as to W.G. Sebald, and his work is quirky, sonorous, and enchanting.
Here this baroque master’s two most enduring and admired works, Religio Medici and Urne-Buriall, appear in a new edition that has been annotated and introduced by the distinguished scholars Ramie Targoff and Stephen Greenblatt (author of the best-selling Will in the World and the National Book Award–winning The Swerve). In Religio Medici Browne mulls over the relation between his medical profession and his profession of the Christian faith, pondering the respective claims of science and religion, questions that are still very much alive today. The discovery of an ancient burial site in an English field prompted Browne to write Urne-Buriall, which is both an early anthropological examination of different practices of interment and a profound meditation on mortality. Its grave and exquisite music has resounded for generations.
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To the Reader
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Glossary of Names and Places
affection afﬁrme ancient Angels Antiquity apprehension ashes behold beleeve beliefe body bones Browne’s buried burning burnt century charity Christ Christian Church common conceive confesse conﬁrme Countrey Coynes creatures cremation dayes dead death desire Devill Divinity doth earth endeavours faith farre ﬁgure ﬁnde ﬁre ﬁrst ﬁt ﬂames ﬂesh friends Funerall generall GEORGES SIMENON goodnesse grave Greek Greek mythology GREGOR VON REZZORI happinesse hath Heaven Hell honour HYDRIOTAPHIA judgement King LEONARDO SCIASCIA live miracle Monuments mysticall naturall nature never noble obscure ofthe opinion Pagan PATRICK LEIGH FERMOR Patroclus peece Philosophy piece practice pyre reason Religio Medici Religion Reliques Resurrection Roman emperor Rome Saint Saint Paul satisﬁe Scripture seeme selfe sense severall soule spirits STEFAN ZWEIG Stories Sunne thereof things thinke tion TOVE JANSSON truely unto Urne-Burial Urnes VASILY GROSSMAN vertue VICTOR SERGE vulgar wherein wisedome