Religio Medici and the Restoration
Uncritical historiography has tarnished the reputation of both Browne and Mackenzie. Conolly Norman takes exception to the erection of Browne's statue on Hay Hill in Norwich because of his role in the witch trial of Rose Cullender and Amy Drury at Bury St Edmunds ( 1664). Agnes Taylor Innes documents the portrayal of Mackenzie as the persecutor of Scotland's 'defenceless saints', the Covenanters. The impartial reader may therefore be surprised to discover that both men wrote books which have been praised for their advanced views on religious toleration: Religio Medici and Religio Stoici. Yet, although Religio Stoici has been linked to Religio Medici, their relationship has never been scrutinized.3____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Democratizing Sir Thomas Browne:Religio Medici and Its Imitations. Contributors: Daniela Havenstein - Author. Publisher: Oxford University. Place of publication: Oxford. Publication year: 1999. Page number: 27.
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