Thomas White’s life fitted him well for the role of intellectual middleman, or mediator between the old world and the new. Straddling as he does the first three quarters of the seventeenth century, he was exposed to widely diverse influences: while his upbringing and education remained as traditional as befitted an English Catholic, his later career ensured contact with leading proponents of the revolutionary ideas that were developing, not only in his own country, but throughout continental Europe. Although his own thought remained firmly grounded in his earlier formative influences, he none the less maintained a mind that was open and receptive to new ideas; and it is his ability to synthesise, to bring together and blend into a single coherent whole, those two different parts of his life experience, that makes White particularly interesting.


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  • Beverley C. Southgate
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  1. 1.University of HertfordshireUK

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