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Does one have to dissect birds to write the biography of an ornithologist?

9 June 2018

9:00 AM

9 June 2018

9:00 AM

At first glance, the 17th-century natural historian Francis Willughby is an ideal subject for a biography. He lived in interesting times, as the adage goes. He was born in 1635, seven years before the start of the English civil war, and after a youth spent under Cromwell’s rule, came of age as the monarchy was restored.

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