Standing on the shoulders of giants

That famous phrase "standing on the shoulders of giants " has a fascinating origin. Not Newton (as I first assumed), but John of Salisbury, c.1140 via Chartres.

John of Salisbury was a student of Bernard of Chartres who was himself a Breton.

School of Chartres "... the school's teaching was based on the traditional seven liberal arts." Sounds familiar?

Especially if it's connected to The Great Architects of Tiron and the Breton Tironensians, who kick-started Celtic Christianity in Britain.

"Bernard de Tiron, from the name of the place, in the forest of Tiron, near Chartres, where he established his Abbatia Sanctae Trinitatis de Tirone (Holy Trinity of Tiron) in 1109"

See also : The Monks of Tiron - a missing link

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