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Tudor Minute October 5: RIP Edward Wotton

Hey, this is Heather from the Renaissance English History Podcast, and this is your Tudor Minute for October 5.

Today in 1555 Edward Wotten died.

He was an English doctor who was born in Oxford, and he is remembered for starting the modern study of zoology. He separated out much of the fanciful and folkloric additions that had been added over time to the body of zoological knowledge.

His systematic researches on Aristotelian lines were collected in De differentiis animalium libri decem, published in Paris in 1552. Wotton was also partly responsible for Insectorum, sive, Minimorum animalium theatrum or Theatre of Insects, although this was not published until 1634.

By favour of Bishop Fox, he was made socius compar of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and was given permission to travel to Italy for three years. He attended Padua, applied himself to physic, and took the degree of doctor. He was admitted a fellow of the College of Physicians 8 February 1528. He has often been credited with being a physician to Henry VIII, which is a myth. But did serve the Duke of Norfolk and Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury.

That’s your Tudor Minute for today. Remember you can dive deeper into life in 16th century England through the Renaissance English History Podcast at

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