Similar to John of Salisbury (ca. 1120-1180) [see entry], Alexander of Hales was one of the leading English scholars of his time, but he belonged to the next generation. Born at Hales Owen, Shropshire, into a wealthy family, he first attended his local monastic school, then went to Oxford, and continued with advanced studies in Paris where he earned the Master of Arts degree sometime before 1210. Subsequently he turned to theology and earned his doctorate sometime before 1220. From a comment by Roger Bacon (ca. 1210-1292) about Alexander, we know that he was

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in the faculty of arts in 1210; ten years later he became Professor of Theology at the University of Paris—the first Franciscan to hold a university chair in Paris. For the rest of his life Alexander was to influence…

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Citation: Classen, Albrecht. "Alexander of Hales". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 May 2004 [, accessed 22 April 2024.]

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