Born in Harborne in 1823 to a prosperous Birmingham family, Edward Augustus Freeman enjoyed a busy life as one of his century's most enduring and productive gentleman-scholars. He had a brilliant school career, and by the age of 11 he was highly competent in Latin, Greek and Hebrew. His university career was no less brilliant, and resulted in his attainment of a fellowship at Trinity College, Oxford in 1845. In the early 1850s, he began writing for a number of the leading journals of the day, most prolifically (between 1855 and 1878) for the Saturday Review. His interests were varied, but centred on architecture and history, and his travels, which began in 1856 and became crucial to his work, were always undertaken with these …
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Nixon, Mark. "Edward Augustus Freeman". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 March 2002
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