Richard de Bury, 1281–1345

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Biographical note

Son of Sir Richard Aungerville, born at Bury St. Edmunds, studied at Oxford, and was a Benedictine monk, became tutor to Edward III. when Prince of Wales, and Bishop of Durham, and held many offices of State. He was a patron of learning, and one of the first English collectors of books, and he wrote his work, Philobiblon, in praise of books, and founded a library at Durham.

[From A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin, 1910]

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