William de Conches

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de Conches was a natural philosopher, born by his own account “in a country of mutton-heads". He taught at the Universities of Paris and Chartres, and eventually became tutor to the children of Geoffrey Plantagenet, including the future Henry II of England. de Conches is best known for his early work ‘Philosophia Mundi’ (c1125), and the later modified version, ‘Dragmaticon Philosophiae’ (c1144), which contained one of the earliest extant world maps.

Colourful simple portrait of William de Conches, a man with brown hair, facing away from the viewer and holding his right hand out in front of him.